Leaking urine can feel uncomfortable and embarrassing and even prevent us from doing things we might otherwise enjoy.
Did you know that leaking urine can be from different causes. Those causes are classified with different names.
In a previous blog post, I discussed STRESS incontinence. This happens more with running, jumping, coughing, sneezing, and sometimes even just standing up from a chair.
Today, I’m talking about URGE incontinence. This is much like it sounds. You leak when you feel the urge to pee.
Normally, when your bladder fills with urine it happens slowly. And as it fills the bladder begins to stretch. When it reaches a particular stretch level, it will send you a signal. This feels like the urge to pee.
Typically, the first urge is more of a hey, there, FYI type message. The bladder is not usually at capacity or full at this stage.
As the bladder fills more, you may get another stronger message. By the third message, the bladder typically really does need emptying and should no longer be ignored.
For people with urge incontinence, the bladder starts insisting on emptying too soon after the urge signal, before you have time to get to the bathroom.
Many people try to solve this by going to the bathroom as soon as they feel an urge. This strategy can occasionally backfire, as the bladder gets emptied more and more often and becomes sensitized to stretching. This can eventually increase the urgency of urination and the leaking.
This can be a tricky dance to master, but with education and practice, you can often take back control from your bladder and give yourself more time to get to the bathroom before leaking!
A trained physical therapist is a great place to start If you’re having this kind of leaking. They can assess some of the causes and make a plan to resolve it!
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