Don’t be embarrassed. You sneeze, cough, or laugh and you tinkle a little in your panties. It’s super common. Bladder leaks, medically known as incontinence, can happen for a variety of reasons—childbirth and aging are probably among the most common. And guess what. It happens to BOTH women and men (not just us ladies). But don’t fret. There’s help for bladder leaks, including medical treatment (if necessary), prevention, and products.
First thing first, see your doctor. And don’t feel ashamed. Like I said, it’s super common, and your doctor already has other patients with the same issue. They’ll know what to do. More than likely, your bladder leakage can be managed, but it’s important to make sure it’s not due to something else, such as a urinary tract infection, pregnancy, or a serious illness. Eliminate other issues before coming up with a plan of action.
Medications to control incontinence do exist. If your doctor thinks you need one, they’ll prescribe one for you. However, if you don’t need a medication, maybe because your leaks are minor and don’t adversely affect your life, then I recommend doing Kegel exercises. I, too, have suffered from bladder leaks, and I find Kegels to be the most effective way to control it.
See, as part of the aging process, our pelvic floor muscles can weaken. These are the muscles that we rely on to regulate our bladder and the release of our urine. Sometimes, our pelvic floor muscles will fail us. But by doing a regular regiment of Kegel exercises, we can strengthen those muscles and help prevent bladder leaks. Know what else Kegel exercises can do for you? Increase the intensity of your orgasm! It’s true. And, there are even weights you can insert and use to help with your Kegels. Yes, I do own Kegel weights. I use them, and they work.
Another product to help with bladder leaks is seamless leakproof underwear, something you may want to consider purchasing until you get back in control of your bladder. Even if you’re dedicated to your Kegel routine, you may still incur leaks, especially during those times in your life when you are stressed, tired, or ill. Having leakproof underwear in your intimate wardrobe can be a great backup to have. Plus, they work as period panties, too!
See? Bladder leaks don’t have to be so bad. Remember that you’re not alone and there’s help. Contact your doctor, learn how to do Kegel exercises, and purchase the products you need to keep you confident. In no time, you’ll have the issue under control.