Stress Incontinence is just one type of incontinence that (mostly) women – both young and old – can experience. Stress incontinence is when one loses urine without cause during physical activity such as sneezing, coughing, laughing, or exercise.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should consult with your doctor to identify what is really going on with your body. Many times the doctor will perform a genital exam for men or a pelvic exam in women to test the bladder is responding the way it should to extra pressure.
Other tests might include a pad test in which you will be asked to exercise while wearing a sanitary pad. Once you are done exercising the pad will be weighed to find out how much urine you have lost. You will also be asked to do a urinalysis to rule out any question that you are experiencing a urinary tract infection. Lastly, you might also be asked to do a urinary stress test which is when you are asked to stand with a full bladder and cough – if leakage occurs then your doctor can start treating you for stress incontinence.
Treatment will depend on how sever your symptoms are but will most likely include one of the four popular treatments:
- Behavior modification
- Pelvic floor muscle training
Simple changes include avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, and if you are a smoker you need to stop because it will quickly decrease the amount in which you cough. Some doctors might also ask you to keep a urination diary to record how many times you urinate throughout the day and night and how often you leak. Lastly, your doctor might suggest urinating more often, which will reduce the amount of urine that leaks.
Don’t forget to keep practicing your kegel exercises, as these will certainly strengthen your pelvic wall! And if all else fails, you can always rely on Wearever’s Incontinence Underwear to help you get through the day and night.