It has become quite common to pee or leak when sneezing, laughing, jumping or coughing. While these have become common, they are not normal and can be improved and cured. These are signs of urinary incontinence, which is a TREATABLE problem often associated with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Several things can cause urinary incontinence, but the most common cause is weakness and lack of pelvic floor support. The pelvic floor consists of muscles that attach to the pelvic bones in order to support the internal organs, control the bladder and bowel, and assist with sexual function. These muscles also work closely with the abdominal, back and diaphragm muscles to stabilize the body during motion. Weakness, tightness or incoordination of these muscles can contribute to urinary incontinence.
Stress incontinence refers to the leakage of urine when there is increased pressure on the bladder during exercise, sneezing, coughing, lifting or other activities requiring exertion.
Individuals with stress incontinence often have “underactive” pelvic floor muscles. Causes of stress incontinence include:
Pregnancy and childbirth
Episiotomy (during childbirth)
Injury or trauma
Pelvic or genital surgery
Lack of exercise
Excessive coughing or sneezing
Prolonged heavy lifting
Let us know if we can help you with symptoms of stress urinary incontinence!