5:32 pm - 06/14/2006

Leaking Urine

I am a 40 year old female who leaks. Seriously.
I have had one child, who is now 9. Ever since I got pregnant with her, the whole "Laugh, cough, jump hard or sneeze, your pad will be wet." I have to wear a pad all the time. Times like now, it drives me nuts. I have a cold and everytime I sneeze or cough, the pad fills, even when I have just gone to the bathroom.

So. Anyone else with this problem and anyone else have a better solution than panty liners? I really didn't want to have to graduate to pads, but it is looking more and more like I might have to.

Any tips on brand?

Right now I use Always maxi thin with wings.
neaira 15th-Jun-2006 12:37 am (UTC)
You might actually want to see your doctor about it, if it's getting worse. Maybe an overnight pad might be better?
aint2nuts 15th-Jun-2006 12:46 am (UTC)
They said it is a "Normal part of getting older" and that "Many women experience it" and (Most importantly) My insurance doesn't cover the surgery.
neaira 15th-Jun-2006 12:50 am (UTC)
That sounds like a load of bunk to me! :(

I just did a Google search on natural remedies, and came up with this. Causticum isn't expensive, at least not at my local health food store.
mermaiddrowning 15th-Jun-2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm not a medical expert but I completely disagree with this, Stress urinary incontinence is a sign of weakened pelvic muscles, or possibly even some type of bladder prolapse. Please taking a look at this site and ask on the forum about what Christine Kent thinks. I also recommend her book to you. i think you might find some wonderful information there. Her book is titled Saving the Whole Woman.
nightchild01 15th-Jun-2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Um. Your link isn't there. ^_^; Just letting you know.
mermaiddrowning 15th-Jun-2006 01:42 am (UTC)
oh my! thanks for pointing that out, here's the link!!

nightchild01 15th-Jun-2006 04:23 am (UTC)
No problem. ^_^
robynchick 15th-Jun-2006 01:44 am (UTC)
IAWTC, incontinence is not part of a normal aging process at 40 and there are ways to deal with it!
krasota 15th-Jun-2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Find another doctor? Will your insurance cover the surgery if a surgeon deems it medically necessary?

A lot of women may experience it, but that doesn't mean they need to put up with it. I've known women who've had the surgery and they've been quite happy with the results.
imnotyourstarx 15th-Jun-2006 12:41 am (UTC)
hmm... that sounds terrible. :( id see a doctor.

no brand tips; i use Instead cups.

good luck!
aint2nuts 15th-Jun-2006 12:45 am (UTC)
I leak Urine. Instead cups won't work for that. LOL Thanks anyway.
imnotyourstarx 15th-Jun-2006 12:56 am (UTC)
i meant that i dont use pads so i dont know which are good for stopping leaking of anything.
queenofdelosers 15th-Jun-2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Hahaha. I love your icon.
3_black_cats 15th-Jun-2006 12:51 am (UTC)
I've heard that doing kegel exercises can help with this, but I'm sure your doctor already mentioned that. I know that lots of women have this problem during and after pregnancy, at any age, so you're definitely not alone. Otherwise, I have nothing to offer except my sympathy. If you figure out something that works for you, be sure to share it with all of us!
aint2nuts 15th-Jun-2006 12:54 am (UTC)
I do kegels. I have a vagina that can lift 10 pounds. LOL for some reason it isn't translating into 'can hold half an ounce of urine'
mermaiddrowning 15th-Jun-2006 01:32 am (UTC)
See the site I recommend above about why kegels may not help. =)
bronwe 15th-Jun-2006 02:45 am (UTC)
That sucks. I'd see a specialist if I were you. Inconti
bronwe 15th-Jun-2006 02:47 am (UTC)
Incontinence that can't be fixed by kegels doesn't sound normal for a 40 year old. I hope you can fix it!
celticdaisy 15th-Jun-2006 12:59 am (UTC)
I work in a women's centre and we recently had a special event with a woman named Kelli Berzuk. She wrote a book called "I laughed so hard I peed my pants". http://www.ilaughedsohard.com/

I work with a couple of ladies who read it and really loved it. You might find it useful.
justlikepoetry 15th-Jun-2006 04:26 am (UTC)
some cloth pads are thick enough for light incontinence, and they're pretty too, so they're more fun to wear. :) i always recommend hagrag b/c they are affordable and friendly, and you can try one out for $6 and free shipping to see if you like it.

also, have you thought about changing your diet to exclude things that can irritate the bladder, such as caffeine? i dated a guy a few years ago who periodically wet the bed, but once he cut out caffeine, his problem improved a lot.

also, incontinence might be a normal part of getting older if you're like, 60 or 70, but 40? come on now. i suggest speaking with a dr or gyno who is more sensitive and who listens to what you say.

good luck. :)
imredjack 15th-Jun-2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Im 45 and I have the same issue. My youngest child is 6 now.
I find doing kegals helps somewhat.
I use Poise extra coverage pantyliners and those work quite well.
I have found that after I intially pee, if I wait a few seconds and then lean forward.. a bit more urine will come out. I suspect it is what is left in the urethra. It helps a lil bit. :)
Going to the gyno later this month for an annual. I am going to ask her about the surgery.
imredjack 16th-Jun-2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Reading over my reply, I realize I should probably clarify the part about "afetr I initially pee". I meant as in, when I'm actually on the toilet. :D
pinkdramon 15th-Jun-2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Check out this month's AARP magazine. There was a 3-page article in there about women & incontinence. It has suggestions for helping treat the problem, rather than treating the symptoms.
jadydeyez I do squats23rd-Feb-2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
I do squats to tighten my pelvic floor, and to reposition everything. If you sit for 8 hours a day like I do at work, things tend to not want to behave. So this is where squats come in. Plus they are good for you.

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