Whenever I say, “Oh my gosh, that’s so funny I peed a little” Chances are, I actually did pee a little. It may be embarrassing to some of you and of course it isn’t sexy, but it’s time to be honest about bladder control and peeing “just a little.”
Few women enjoy talking about it, but it wasn’t that long ago that Chelsea Handler proudly admitted that she pees when she laughs too hard and that she carries a spare pair of underwear for when it happens. Her admission actually led to some friends and I having a conversation and before we knew it, we were all sharing our “I peed a little” stories.
You’re Not Alone
First off, it’s absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about, sometimes women pee a little at unexpected times. I had always thought this only happened to women after childbirth, but I don’t have children and it happens to me fairly often.
During allergy season when I sneeze uncontrollably 15 to 20 times in a row, chances are pretty good that I peed a little. If I’m sick and go into a coughing fit, I probably peed a little. If I go from laughing hysterically to wide-eyed stillness… I definitely peed a little.
It happens. Women pee a little. For heavier women it can happen more frequently and chances increase for all of us right before our periods.
The Facts About “I Peed A Little” Syndrome
The truth is, it’s basic bladder control. The proper medical term is Stress Incontinence and it means the release of small amounts of urine when the bladder is under pressure or stress; such as from coughing, laughing, or sneezing.
It’s also suspected that the week before our period, the pelvic wall muscles may weaken and cause increased occurrences of “I peed a little.” This same issue is also the cause of increased instances during and after menopause.
You Can Stop The “I Peed A Little” Moments
The good news is, there is something you can do about it. And no, you don’t have to start wearing adult diapers, at least not yet. You can actually train your bladder to be stronger. After all, it’s a muscle and just like any muscle, it can be strengthened. You’ve heard of Kegel exercises, well here’s where they come into play.
By doing 24+ Kegel contractions every day for 6 weeks, you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You can do this while sitting, standing, walking, hell you can do them anytime and anywhere.
Now this won’t be an immediate fix, it takes time to strengthen those muscles. However, the exercise can be done while sitting at your desk, stuck in traffic, or even just cleaning the house. Hell, I’m doing them right now.
Another thing you can consider is the benefits of using Ben Wa balls. Wait a minute, Ben Wa balls… aren’t those for sex? Yes, but those same muscles that’ll strengthen your vaginal wall muscles and allow you to “hug” him tighter will give you better control of your bladder as well. Win/win, right? Ben Wa balls are sold as sexual aids but they can help treat mild cases of I peed a little.
No idea what Kegel exercises are? No worries, the best way to isolate your Kegel muscles is by attempting to stop your urine flow. The muscles you use for this are indeed your Kegel muscles and this is another way you can decrease those “I peed a little” moments. Try contracting your muscles to slow then stop your flow of urine, hold, then release, and repeat as many times as you can. This will strengthen your muscles and give you better control over your bladder.
It’s common to pee a little every now and then, but it’s not necessarily considered medically normal. If you feel that the Kegel exercises aren’t working for you, talk to your gynecologist about working out your muscles “down there.” In some cases, though rarely, this problem has to be treated with medical aides or even surgery. Trust me though, try the Kegel exercises and if you’re super serious about it, I do suggest trying a set of Ben Wa balls as well. After all, when you work out your other muscles you don’t just count on one exercise to tone you up, now do you?
No matter how you decide to address this, just know that you’re not alone. Don’t be embarrassed about your body, even when it’s doing strange things!
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