01 Feb Stress incontenence
What is a leaky bladder? Or as the medical profession prefer “Urinary or Stress Incontinence”?
Simply it’s passing urine when you don’t mean too. This affects men and women but is much more common in women. There are various types but two are most common.
Stress Incontinence– when you cough, laugh, do vigorous exercise- as in my friends case, skipping, a small amount of urine leaks unintentionally. The problem is compounded if the bladder is full and so under pressure. The shopping aisles have many forms of padding to help reduce embarrassment but that’s not really the answer.
Urge Incontinence– you get a sudden urge to pass urine and this can be very intense and there is only a small amount of time (seconds) before you actually release urine. Often you may need to get up in the night and go a lot more than other people.
It’s not something we tend to talk about is it? We’ll happily share most ailments but you shouldn’t have to suffer. First things first- DO go to your GP. They will check out if you have any infection and give you an accurate diagnosis. Trust me they hear much worse things than you suffering urine leakage. Yes, to you it’s massively embarrassing but having to be mindful of what you wear or plot out toilets for the rest of your life? Would just a few minutes be that bad?
Your GP can then refer you to the clinic to see our Womens’ Health Physiotherapist if they think you would benefit and nothing else is awry. Don’t suffer, take action today. It’s so important to take care of ALL of you. Tara Lawson is our expert, do make an appointment to see her and decide not suffer any longer