Even though many women leak a little when they laugh, there is nothing funny or enjoyable about urinary stress incontinence. When a woman’s pelvic floor muscles become weak, usually during or after pregnancy or as a result of normal aging, it is quite common for her to suffer from urinary stress incontinence.
This is when urine leaks out when she doesn’t want it to such as when she coughs, laughs, sneezes, exercises, or engages in other types of physical activity.
Stress incontinence happens because the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder, have become weak. Activity then puts pressure on the bladder which is not strong enough to hold in urine. This unintentional bladder leakage can be embarrassing, frustrating, and cause a woman to isolate herself socially because she fears having incontinence.
Although common, urinary stress incontinence can be a problem many women feel has no solution. This is just not true and there is no reason women should accept it or feel hopeless. In fact, woman can seek out ways to treat urinary stress incontinence in a way that is much less invasive than surgery or medication.
Taking charge of this issue can be empowering for a woman and go a long way in overcoming her embarrassment about the issue. This is the first step to resolving the issue itself.
The best way to combat urinary stress incontinence is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. In many ways they are like every other muscle in our body. If they are not used or become weak, they don’t work to their full potential to do their job. Pregnancy, childbirth, illness, and aging can all weaken the pelvic floor and cause urine to leak out. And let’s face it, there is no good time for that to happen.
Kegel exercises have been prescribed by medical professional for ages to help strengthen the pelvic floor, because they do in most cases strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. However, for many women, traditional Kegel exercises do not do the trick. Women who have had multiple pregnancies for example, often report they need something more to feel a difference.
This is one of many reasons why kegel weights or other medical tools can be like the answer to a woman’s prayer to the bladder control gods. They do what Kegel exercises alone cannot do. They give your pelvic floor muscles a harder workout that does not feel more difficult.