Oops, I Leaked: Tales of Incontinence
Gotta go all the time? Worried you'll wet your pants if you laugh too hard? You may be suffering from mild incontinence, and you're not alone.
Treatment Options for Mild to Moderate Incontinence continued...
After having three large babies -- all weighing more than 9 pounds -- in
less than four years, 37-year-old Laura Jackson of Stevensville, Mich.,
experienced stress incontinence.
"I struggled with the condition until I spoke to my doctor, who recommended
a surgical procedure called the Monarc Subfascial Hammock by AMS. I've had
great success with it. I am an amateur triathlete and was really bothered by my
incontinence prior to surgery. Since the surgery, I have competed in seven
triathlons. The [surgery] restored my self-confidence and commitment to
exercise. It was truly life-altering."
Experts and those managing their incontinence offer some additional
- Avoid common bladder irritants such as spicy food and caffeine.
- Monitor your medications. Many pills can contribute to incontinence and
some prescribed medications can lose their efficacy. Talk to your doctor about
- Use tampons during heightened physical activity. Up to 25% of elite female
athletes experience incontinence. Tampons are cheap, effective insurance
against an "accident."
- Wear dark clothing. If you are struggling with leakage, darker clothing can
camouflage an episode. Keeping a change of underwear and/or pants can
provide peace of mind.
- Use shields or pads. They aren't a cure, but they are useful in providing a
measure of protection and confidence.