Oops, I think I sprung a leak!!
Many women jokingly comment “Oops! I just peed a little.” when something funny makes them laugh, but bladder leakage is no laughing matter!
Constantly worrying that you will leak urine from something as simple as laughing, sneezing, coughing, or taking a brisk walk with a friend or even a yoga class, can be stressful and affect not only your daily activities, but your emotional and mental wellness. This in turns can compound the leaking.
“I am so scared I could pee myself!”
Well, there is science behind that statement. It suggests that when you are scared or anxious, your body will go into fight or flight mode. Your adrenaline starts pumping through your body and it triggers your need to go pee.
When you are afraid of a sudden ‘accident’ you feel like staying home close to a bathroom and avoiding socializing with friends or participating in activities that cause a fear of not being able to get to a bathroom in time. All of this emotional stress can leave you feeling embarrassed and isolated. We have just gone through a very long period of isolation and now it is time to get back out and find a way to resolve this bladder leaking problem.
Reasons for Urinary Incontinence
The most common reason for urine leakage is due to stretched or weakened pelvic floor muscles. This may occur due to weight gain, childbirth or other conditions that stretch the muscles as you age.
When your pelvic floor muscles can’t properly support your bladder, it drops and you can’t tighten the muscles that close off the urethra. This is what stops the flow of urine. That’s why when there is extra pressure placed on the bladder during activities such as laughing or sneezing, you accidentally leak a little bit of urine.
What Can We Do?
In this article, there are several tips on how to retrain your bladder such as seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist and using a bladder diary to monitor when you feel the urge and whether certain foods or drinks could be irritating your bladder. And you can research information on how regularly doing Kegels properly, can improve and even stop the bladder leaks.
Seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist is a great beginning. They can help you understand the why’s and work out a plan of exercise or treatment to get you out in the world with your friends, laughing and stress free!
Kim Vopni, The Vagina Coach, has a Free Webinar – 6 steps to Showing your Bladder Who’s Boss you may find very helpful.
We Want to Help
If you have any questions about bladder leakage, exercise programs, or how physical therapy can help, speak with one of our Pelvic Floor Professionals and get clarity on all the options available to you.