Friday, 17 July 2015

Do you wet yourself when you sneeze?

Let's talk about stress incontinence, something many ladies encounter but don't really talk about because let's face it, wetting yourself when you sneeze or run is a bit embarrassing. The thing is, I think we should talk about these kind of things because when we do, you don't feel so alone. I bought my boys a large trampoline a few summers ago ( at the time I was 35) and I was really excited to have a go on it, happy childhood memories came flooding back to me, until the first bounce. I did a wee, the more I bounced the more I wee'd. I got off and put a pad in some clean knickers, I went back on the trampoline and bounced again, it kept coming, it was embarrassing, I didn't realise the boys had been watching from their window, they said it was gross I wee'd on the trampoline and they didn't want it anymore, I left it up for a while in the vain hope they would go on it but they never did, in the end I gave it away. I was gutted to because I loved the thought of excercising in a fun way, plus rebounding is meant to be really good for you.

When I am walking down the street I have to cross my legs before I sneeze otherwise I wet myself. I try and do those kegel excersise but they make me feel weird. I know there are surgical treatments you can have, but I wouldn't go that far, just yet. After having 3 boys I expected to be a little 'loose' down there but never thought it would come to this.

Research published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that as many as one in three women have one or more embarrassing "down there" issues, including stress incontinence so I am not alone and neither are you! In fact millions of women suffer from it.

Breaking the silence on these taboo subjects will hopefully make us all feel a little more normal and we can support each other by sharing our stories and get help if we need it too. So come on ladies, who is brave enough to share your stories too? x

1 comment:

Rosie Pievaitis said...

Yep, it happens to me too, I cannot remember the first time to be quite honest, but a few years ago I discovered I had endometriosis I think I have some on my bladder as at times when I have a flare up I want to wee more. It happened a few weeks ago all of a sudden I thought I need the loo, probably made worse by the fact that I was doing the washing up (you know the sound of running water), the toilet is a distance from the kitchen. Well I did not get there in time! I remember feeling at the time really annoyed and upset and immediately started doing the old pelvic floor exercises as I feel it helps.

I think it is probably quite common as I remember my sister in law had quite a bad problem for a few years, but you are right, not many people like talking about it, I mean face it we are grown adults, it is embarrassing you suddenly feel like you are a kid again.

Well done for bringing this subject up, I think women should talk about it more, it certainly helps to find you are not on your own and it happens to others too, Rosie xx