So the new fall season of television is about to reach the airwaves, which means all of our favorite sitcoms are back! From Big Bang Theory to a New Girl, a ton of laughter is about to be had from the viewing public. Unfortunately, for some, laughter can cause a little bit of embarrassment. Have you ever heard the phrase, “I laughed so hard I just peed my pants.”? While this common phrase is meant to be figurative, for some, it could actual be a literal situation that could cause them to run for an exit.
Stress incontinence is a common condition that can inflict people of any age. It is a condition where individuals can’t handle sustained pressure on their bladders. When the abdomen experiences events and activities like laughter, coughing, exercise and sneezing, it can push urine to the bladder. For most people, this is fine, but for those with weak pelvic muscles or a damaged sphincter, it can result in complete embarrassment in the form of leaked urine.
There are a wide variety of circumstances that can cause stress incontinence. For women, the most common reason is pregnancy. Stress incontinence develops often due to a change in the body and pregnancy as well as menstruation and menopause are often culprits. However, this is not the only way the body can change. Surgery is another key cause of stress incontinence – as is smoking due to a chronic cough that can be developed from chronic bronchitis and asthma.
No matter the reason, those with stress incontinence are looking for a way to prevent the embarrassment and shame that can occur from the condition. Here are several ways that individuals can safeguard against these feelings:
- Incontinence Briefs: If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to prevent urine leakage from affecting your life, you might want to try incontinence briefs. They are worn underneath your clothing and underwear and provide a secure way for you to hide the condition without feeling embarrassed.
- Kegel exercises: You can also try strengthening your pelvic muscles, which can certainly help to reduce leakage. In order to do a Kegel exercise, pretend that you’re trying to hold in your urine or gas. Your pelvis muscles will contract. Overtime, they will strengthen and your body might get used to the added pressure. If you go this route, you should do Kegel exercises every day.
- Weight Loss: Unfortunately, those who are overweight are more likely to have stress incontinence due to added pressure on the inner organs. If you’re suffering from this condition, you might be able to prevent incidences from losing a few pounds.
- Surgery: As a last ditch effort, you can elect to have surgery. Surgeries, such as retro pubic suspensions and sling procedures, may work and they’re minimally invasive.
There’s no reason why you can’t laugh or cough again and then be forced to excuse yourself. Although, stress incontinence can be an annoying condition, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. By considering these measures, you can enjoy a regular life and not worry if you should leave the room.