Taking the next step
It's estimated that 1 out of every 3 women in the U.S. experiences stress incontinence — leaking urine when pressure is exerted on the bladder from coughing, sneezing, laughing or lifting something heavy. For many women, this isn't necessarily a big problem. But for those who experience frequent, high-volume leakage with routine activities, it can have a definite impact on everyday life.
Stress incontinence can be effectively treated with conservative management, such as daily exercises designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. For a number of women, this is all the treatment they need. A key to successful pelvic floor muscle strengthening is identifying these muscles properly, which a doctor or physical therapist can help you do.