Sometimes I leak urine when I cough or sneeze, but it’s just a little and it doesn’t happen all the time.” I hear this from mamas, friends, health professionals, and strangers alike. I can’t stress enough that although this is quite common for women to complain about only leaking “a little” or “sometimes,” it’s NOT normal and there IS something you can do about it that doesn’t require surgery or a product to absorb the urine. I repeat, it’s NOT normal, and there IS something you can do about it.
Every body is different but what if that difference is actually a cause for concern? I bet you know someone who will go to the bathroom, like clockwork, at the same time every day. Maybe they even go twice or three times a day! You, on the other hand, can’t remember the last time you went. Maybe it was a few days ago, maybe last week. If this sounds like your story and you’ve been living this way for some time now, you are officially constipated.
There’s been quite a bit of attention on urinary incontinence lately. Or at least that is my perception. Just last month, I came across an article in my local town magazine highlighting the leaky problem many women face and the solutions, usually Kegels or surgery. Before that, I got involved in a discussion with some women who joked about not being able to jump without leaking. And shortly before Mother’s Day, I came across an image giving moms gold stars for jumping without peeing. Some of these discussions had a comedic tone behind them, but I don’t think there’s anything funny about peeing on yourself. For those of you that are unfortunate to have this issue, you know it’s time consuming, messy, embarrassing, and it can take a big toll on emotional health. So let’s get our laughs out, without leaking of course, and talk about fixing this problem.