Squeaks and Leaks: Why some women deal with Urinary Stress Incontinence and what to do about it.

It’s a problem no one really likes to talk about. For most women, it’s right up there with sexual dysfunction on their list of taboo topics. But, the truth is, these are topics we need to talk about even if it might be embarrassing. If we don’t talk about them, there’s no possibility of things getting better.

So, without further ado, let’s talk about Urinary Stress Incontinence. Or, as we like to call it, Squeaks and Leaks.

What is Urinary Stress incontinence?

Contrary to popular belief, stress incontinence doesn’t just happen when we’re feeling stressed at home or at work. In fact, it doesn’t mean mental stress at all. When we talk about stress, we’re talking about stress being placed on the bladder by muscles in the body. Sometimes, muscles that are activated when we cough or sneeze will put pressure on our bladder causing a leak. These muscles can also be activated when we jump or laugh too hard.

What Causes it?

Stress incontinence can be caused by several things. The most common cause for women is childbirth. Often, when a woman gives birth, her pelvic muscles are stretched causing the bladder to be more susceptible to stress. But, childbirth isn’t the only thing that can cause those leaks.

Incontinence can also occur if you have a chronic illness that causes you to cough or sneeze more often than the average woman. Smoking can sometimes cause incontinence due to frequent coughing. Sometimes, we will see athletes who frequently run or jump develop incontinence.

So, now the big question. If you’re dealing with squeaks and leaks…

What can you do about it?

Luckily, there are several ways to treat urinary incontinence.

Something that is often recommended by doctors is good, old-fashioned kegel exercises. Exercises that work to strengthen your pelvis can often help increase the amount of pressure your bladder is able to endure.

Another natural method that has worked for some patients is bladder training. In bladder training, the patient will set an alarm for certain times when they will go to the bathroom. If they need to use the restroom outside of those times, they will hold it in as best they can. Over time, this can help to increase the amount of stress the bladder is able to take.

Often, these methods take time to implement. For women whose lives are significantly impacted by incontinence, we will often recommend other options such as the O-shot. The O-shot is a feminine rejuvenation system that has been proven to help with urinary incontinence.

Of course, if urinary stress incontinence is significantly impacting your life, your first step should be to call your primary doctor or OBGYN. They will give you a consultation and discuss a perfect treatment plan for you and your symptoms.

If you are struggling with pesky squeaks and leaks, we can help! Contact us at Ladies First to set up your free consultation.