Bladder, bladder...what's the matter?
I once did a community talk with that title (Bladder, Bladder What's the Matter?) and I loved it! Huge turnout which was eye opening to so many women that they were experiencing similar bladder symptoms to the women sitting next to them-no matter their age!
Urinary incontinence, leaking urine with exertion (coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, exercise etc), happens to 1 in 3 women. If you are in a public place today, look around. That is quite a few women dealing with some sort of leaking. Some of those women have been dealing with it since childbirth because maybe they were told it was normal at the age. Some developed it closer to menopause when tissues and hormones started to change. And some, well, they have been peeing a little bit with exercise since they were teenagers. OR, maybe some of you don't leak (yet), but are experiencing the "gotta go pee" feeling BEFORE you leave for exercise class, when you get to the gym, during the class (fear of leaking) and then after the session. Your bladder is owning you. You fear of leaking is taking over your day and maybe that's why you are only wearing black workout pants anymore.
No matter when your leaking or frequent urgency began, know this, it is a COMMON thing that happens BUT it is NOT NORMAL.
You mean I can be fixed? Sure thing.
First, if you are having the urgency and frequency, it is possible your pelvic floor muscles are contracting (tightening) and you will want to see a pelvic floor physical therapist to learn how to control and calm them down to decrease your symptoms and take back your control of your bladder. Think about all the time your will save from running back and forth to the bathroom. It's worth it!!
Same goes for leaking urine. Not all women with urinary incontinence are dealing with just weakened muscles. A lot of the time, other things are going on, like an imbalance within the muscle tissues. I see this a lot in postpartum and menopausal women. The muscles are not communicating to each other correctly and some develop tightness and some are working how they are suppose to. With seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist, you are able to bring your awareness to those muscles and learn how to control and coordinate them again.
So...this holiday season while spending time with people you love, why not ask a group of gals (maybe over some wine :) ) who has bladder issues going on and what they have done to improve them. Maybe even suggest, you know what, this year, let's take back our health and improve these bothersome symptoms by seeing a pelvic floor PT :).