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Bladder leakage, known as urinary incontinence, is common in women.
Everybody knows someone who laughs, sneezes, or coughs and pees themselves. Or that sudden urge to pee when you hear water or put the key in the door.
Just because something is common, does not mean it is normal!
If you suffer with embarrassing bladder control problems, and you want to learn how to take back control of your bladder and life, keep reading.
For perimenopause and menopause women,
approximately 1 out every 3 women experiences urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is an unexpected, unwanted loss of bladder control.
Sometimes, it can be the need to urinate more frequently. It can range from light leaking to severe leaking.
Here are some of the more common types of urinary incontinence in women:
Stress incontinence: Bladder leakage when you put pressure on your bladder by doing activities like laughing, sneezing, coughing, lifting something up, etc.
Urge incontinence: All of a sudden you have a need to go to the bathroom and then BOOM: bladder leakage. Urge incontinence could also be the need to go to the bathroom frequently.
Overflow incontinence: You have constant bladder leakage happening because your bladder does not empty completely when you go to the bathroom.
Mixed incontinence: A mix of one or more types of urinary incontinence.
In part, bladder control loss could be due to the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles.
Toning those muscles back up to their strength is very important for regaining bladder control.
What are the pelvic floor muscles?
The pelvic floor muscles provide support to a woman's bladder, uterus and bowel, and are really important when it comes to maintaining bladder and bowel control, especially as we age.
And the pelvic floor muscles also work with your deep abdominal and back muscles, and diaphragm, to stabilize and support your spine.
The pelvic floor is a 'sling' of muscles, like a small muscle hammock that runs between the pubic bone in the front, and the tailbone at the back, and from side to side in your pelvis.
When that hammock gets weak or damaged, it starts to sag, and an organ or organs inside your pelvis can slip from its normal position. This is called pelvic organ prolapse, and it can cause problems like bladder leaks.
Fun fact: Did you know the clitoris runs along the female pelvic floor?
Strong pelvic floor muscles give you control over your bladder and bowels, and are responsible for a stronger response to orgasm.