Did you know that 1 in every 3 women suffer from some bladder leakage?
The International Continence Society defines SUI as “involuntary loss of urine on effort or physical exertion, or on sneezing or coughing”.
SUI is the most common form of urinary incontinence and it occurs in activities that increase abdominal pressure such as when laughing, coughing, running, jumping or even picking up your kids. The increased abdominal pressure can push down on the bladder, which in turn forces the urethra to open, resulting in the leakage of urine.
The pelvic floor muscles are always helping at a low level to keep the urethra closed. However, during activities of increased pressure on the bladder, the pelvic floor muscles need to work harder. If the pelvic floor muscles are not functioning correctly when that increased pressure from the cough or sneeze reaches the bladder, it will not help to keep the urethra closed and leakage of urine will occur. Fortunately, the extra squeeze that the pelvic floor needs to do, referred to as “the knack”, can be re-trained.