Stress Incontinence? Don't Be Embarrassed You're Not Alone
Spire Gatwick Park Hospital’s highly specialist pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapist Catherine Radford will be on hand at Run Reigate to offer her help and advice, please come along to the stand with any questions about this or any other health related subject.
Research shows that 1 in 3 female runners admit to leaking urine when they run. This can be an embarrassing problem, which causes self-confidence issues and can affect performance. Many women assume there is nothing that can be done, that they will have to live with these symptoms for the rest of their lives.
Bladder issues don’t only come with age, they can also be as a result of childbirth or from a weak pelvic floor. There are two main types of incontinence – stress and urge. With stress incontinence, urine leaks out of your bladder when it is under pressure such as when coughing, sneezing or when you run. Urge incontinence is when you suddenly feel the urgency to pass urine and feel that you won’t make it to the bathroom in time. It is possible to suffer with both types, but stress incontinence is more common in runners.
Running downhill, hard or sprinting can all increase the pressure on the bladder, which in turn may result in leaking.
Many runners who suffer with leaking adapt their running lifestyle to their problem such as opting for dark/black running bottoms, restricting fluid intake before running (which can lead to dehydration), planning their route to include bathroom stops, keeping note of whether there is a better time of the month to run and wearing sanitary/incontinence pads to soak up any leakage.
There is some good news, simple pelvic floor exercises, known a Kegel exercises are still the number one treatment. Get squeezing and download this really great pelvic floor app, Squeezy NHS .
Don’t suffer in silence if this is something that happens to you, there are more women with this issue than you think. Speak to your GP or book an appointment with a specialist women’s health physiotherapist.
Appointments with Catherine Radford can be booked via the physiotherapy reception at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital on 01293 778951.