“Sometimes I pee when I laugh. Why is this happening and what can I do to stop it?”
If you’re like me, you like to laugh. And you laugh at lot. This can be quite a problem if you’re leaking every time someone tells a joke or while you’re watching a Friends rerun.
Involuntary leakage while laughing is called stress incontinence. The physical act of laughing, coughing, sneezing and lifting heavy objects can put pressure on your bladder, causing urine to accidentally squeeze out. This may occur due to weak bladder muscles and connective tissues around your pelvic floor muscles. In women, pregnancy can stretch out and weaken pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic organ prolapse can also play a role in urinary incontinence.
There are several things you can do to prevent peeing while laughing:
Practice your kegel exercises. Kegels help strengthen the muscles that support your bladder, uterus and bladder. These pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened and toned with daily exercise. Practice squeezing these muscles right before you laugh (or run, sneeze, etc) to prevent leaks.
Avoid caffeine. Certain drinks, like coffee and soda, can irritate the bladder and lead to wet accidents. Carry a water bottle to ensure you stay hydrated throughout your busy day.
Wear incontinence pads. How many times have you’ve frantically searched for a cardigan or something to wrap around your waist to cover that wet spot on your pants while out with your friends or coworkers? Thin and discreet, incontinence pads are similar to menstrual pads, except they’re designed specifically to quickly absorb urine. Many women like to use the incontinence pads from Poise as they conform to the body and locks away wetness and urine odors.
Although it may be common for many women to pee while they laugh, it is not normal. You should contact your doctor to find out the cause of your incontinence. From there, you and your doctor can determine what treatment options works best for your needs.