When given the choice between exercising with a high probability of leaking, or avoiding exercise altogether, many women are opting for the latter. Avoiding high impact activities does reduce the likelihood of a leak, and it’s even a recommended ‘solution’ for stress urinary incontinence, but it doesn’t really solve the problem, it just silences it for a while (until your next big sneeze for example).
From Run Oregon Blog: “The main problem [with exercise-induced urinary incontinence] is that it often limits women from doing activities that they would otherwise participate in, because of the worry and inconvenience that the incontinence causes.” …”exercise-induced urinary incontinence is more common as women age, and also more common in women who have given birth.”
If you’re like many women, you may be avoiding exercise as a method of controlling stress incontinence. But we all know exercise is good for our bodies, especially as we age, and who doesn’t want to run around with her kids now and then? We also know that avoiding the problem doesn’t really make it go away. So what’s the real solution? As a start, it helps to know you’re not the only one. Then maybe the issue can be more openly discussed, and real solutions – real ways to strengthen the pelvic floor and control stress incontinence – can be found. Read this article about a runner who was tired of leaking and worked with her doctor for a solution.