Placing a support in the vagina may help prevent leaks. Your doctor might fit you with a soft silicone device called a pessary. Or he might suggest you use a tampon to absorb light leaks.
“We often recommend tampons for women who just leak when they go running,” Wakamatsu says. “You don't want to wear a tampon all the time, but it's convenient for an activity like this.”
Extra weight can lead to leaks because it puts pressure on the bladder itself or the urethra, the tube leading from the bladder.
“This is mostly related to stress incontinence and leaks from coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting,” Griebling says. “Studies have shown that women who are heavier tend to have more problems, and weight loss sometimes can help.”