Laughing and Leaking: There's Help
So-called pelvic floor disorders like incontinence plague up to a third of women. Your muscles may not support the urethra like they used to. So when you laugh, cough, sneeze or work out, pressure on the urethra causes a leak.
Don't settle for being miserable. “Many women are unaware of options because the stigma of incontinence prevents conversations with friends, family members and even doctors,” said CHI Health Clinic’s Michael Feloney, MD, a double board-certified urologist and gynecologist.
Low-cost options include behavior modifications like losing weight, adding fiber and eliminating acidic foods. Physical therapy also can help strengthen and relax the muscles through Kegel exercises. Medications are another option.
Finally – new procedures and surgeries are more effective and less invasive. Ten percent of the adult women who suffer some incontinence will undergo surgery.