Involuntary release of urine is embarrassing to say the least and it can prevent you from enjoying certain activities. In fact, it can limit one's life. You fear laughing when your friend has just cracked an irresistible joke, you fear participating in physical activities that can strain your muscles, and you even fear going out on a date just because the bladder doesn't usually give hints on when it is going to let the pee out. If you are tired of this shameful habit, then you better consider doing some exercise that will aid your bladder to gain back control.
The Science Behind It All
In medical terms, loss of bladder control is known as urinary incontinence. The condition can further be divided into other categories depending on causes; the three main categories are stress incontinence, urgency incontinence, and mixed incontinence. Stress incontinence is caused by movements or activities that put pressure on the bladder such as coughing and laughing. Urgency incontinence usually occurs when a person feels the urge to urinate. Mixed incontinence is a combination of urgency incontinence and stress incontinence. If you are suffering from either, do not despair. There is a way out.
The Way Forward
There are various things you can do to get a hold of the condition including trying out some pelvic exercises. Kegel exercises are among the best exercises you can do to strengthen your bladder. According to a study in New Zealand, women who carry out Kegel exercises are 17 more times likely to be healed from urinary incontinence than women who don't carry out the exercises.
Before you begin, ensure that your bladder is empty. Then contract your pelvic floor muscles and hold them in that position as you make a count of ten. After the count, relax the muscles. Do the exercise ten times every day. Perform the exercise ten times when you are seated, ten times when you are standing, and ten times when you are in a reclined position. While contracting the pelvic muscles, avoid holding your breath or tightening your thigh, buttocks and stomach muscles all at the same time. And if you have no idea where your pelvic muscles are, try to stop the flow of urine the next time you are in the toilet; you will feel the muscles tighten as you stop the urine. The muscles are positioned between the legs and they run from the pubic bone area at the front to the spine at the back
If your situation doesn't improve, however, seek the services of a gynecologist. With the help of modern technologies like laparoscopic surgery, a gynecologist might be able to correct your condition.