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Urinary incontinence?

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NorthernGobshite Sat 22-Sep-12 20:56:54

I have had stress incontinence since I had dd 7 years ago. recently I have been feeling very 'wet' but I am not sure if I am leaking a small amount of urine or if it is vaginal secretions. Sorry TMI blush

As a result I have been really quite sore on and off. Any advice or experience of similar?!

MsHighwater Sat 22-Sep-12 21:02:55

How have you managed your incontinence? Have you seen NHS continence adviser? If not, I suggest you do.

NorthernGobshite Sat 22-Sep-12 21:08:22

It has been quite mild and I think i just assumed it was 'normal' after having a baby. You know, people joke about not being able to sneeze etc etc! But yes, i think you have a point.

Concentrateonthegood Sun 23-Sep-12 17:23:52

I'd always had a bit of a weak bladder which got a whole lot worse after a hysterectomy. I couldn't walk down the road without leaking and exercising and dancing were hell. I had three months of physio with a specialist - no real improvement and then 4 years ago, I had TVT operation. I've never looked back and would recommend it to anyone. No leaky problems now - I danced the night away last night and returned home as fresh as a daisy!

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sun 23-Sep-12 20:42:12

I gave stress incontinence after having DS & have seen the physio for it. They recommend strengthening your pelvic floors & I use an app called bladder fit. Avows you how to do it & has v useful smile

nankypeevy Sun 23-Sep-12 22:51:22

My spidey senses tingled -

I'm a physio with an interest in women's health. Been trawling the boards trying to suss out whether mumsnetters would be interested in a MN campaign about pelvic floors and continence.

It seems really common that people know they should be doing something, just not sure what. Which is kind of annoying, seeing as how it's really my job to tell you - but, the sad fact is that seeing as how one in three women aged 35-55 wet themselves when they laugh then we must conclude that physios aren't doing their job well enough.

Doing your exercises will sort most cases of stress incontinence. There are things that can't be helped by exercises alone, like concentrate found - but you must still doyerblardyexercises. Every day. For life.

I know, it's soooo dull. But, so is pishing yourself when you try to unlock the door....

There's three exercises:
1. so you can hold on and unlock the door: imagine you are bursting for the toilet, squeeze as hard as you can for 10seconds. When you let go you should feel a "drop" No drop and you've lost the contraction, so try to build up to 10 seconds.
2. so you don't wet yourself when you cough: 10 "quick flicks" in a row
3. So you engage all the muscles of the pelvic floor: imagine you have a tiny wee lift in your la-la (I know, it's a weird one. Don't overthink the imagery) Lift to the first, second adn third floors - and then back to the second and the first (it's really tricky on the descent)

do that 3 times a day. Every day. For life.

And, that way, bits of you won't fall right out.

I'm trialling using twitter as a pelvic floor prompt. When I tweet, you twitch yer twinkle - feel free to follow me, though, I am new to twitter and finding it all rather like being in a busy pub with eleventy billion conversations going on around me...@gussiegrips

If anyone wants to chat about their specific ishoos - please feel free to PM me.

And, to ask MN for a campaign. Lighthearted attitude aside, continence problems destroy lives. People can have problems with both wee and poo staying where they want it, and prolapses can be a dreadful thing to live with.

You don't have to put up with it. But, you do have to doyerblardyexercises.

nankypeevy Tue 25-Sep-12 11:39:22

MN Towers tweeted about me!

They did! They really did!

Go and read it, I'm tweeting x3 a day to remind you to doyerblardyexercises.

I don't want to post the link on here incase I fall foul of talk guidelines, but if you PM me I'll send you the links happily. I've got what the exercises are, how to do them and am reminding you on twitter.

Still squeeing. Not peeing.

mmmerangue Tue 25-Sep-12 15:49:49

Have had incontinence issues most of my life linked to urinary infections and also the birth of my son...

Pelvic floor exercises work wonders in my experience. When I went to the doctors that was the only recommendation he had for me although he did ask me to measure my err 'fluids' for a week to make sure I didn't have a smaller-than-normal bladder. (TMI, sorry lol) So if you've been doing the contractions and it's not getting better, go speak to the GP.

nankypeevy Tue 25-Sep-12 20:58:01

That's great to hear, mmm - bladder diaries are great for retraining. They work really well, usually you'd keep one for about three days and watch how much you drink, how much you pee, how many accidents you have and how often you are up in the night.

Then you can work on lasting longer between pees, and that increases the capacity your bladder will cope with.

The folk who need a bladder diary are the ones who NEED to go as soon as they see a toilet sign, or when they hear a tap running, or who go "just incase", or who are up more than twice in the night.

But, as with everything - it just comes down to doingyerblardyexercises...

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