Have you ever wondered why when you sneeze, at times you pee a little?

This is quite a common occurrence for some people and is referred to as Stress Incontinence.  Stress Incontinence is when your body experiences the involuntary leakage of urine during various activities that exert pressure on your bladder such as coughing, sneezing or laughing. Stress Incontinence can also occur when you lift a heavy object or when exercising.  (Let’s not mention the trampoline!) 

As explained by the Continence Foundation of Australia, Stress Incontinence is a result of increased abdominal pressure, which exerts a downward push (stress) on the bladder.   Furthermore, the tissues that support the urethra, referred to as the pelvic floor muscles, and the muscles responsible for controlling urine release (urinary sphincter) become weakened, leading to urine leakage.

Image Courtesy of Brisbane Urology Clinic  

Stress Incontinence is a physical condition that differs from an Overactive Bladder or Urgency Incontinence where, in these cases, the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably resulting in the sudden urge to urinate.  It is also essential to understand that Stress Incontinence is not linked to psychological stress, despite the shared term.

Other factors and underlying conditions such as diabetes, constipation, obesity, asthma, smoking and bronchitis causing a chronic cough, may exacerbate Stress Incontinence.  Childbirth, pregnancy and menopause may also play a role in contributing to Stress incontinence in women.

The approach to treating Stress Incontinence is varied depending on the severity of the condition.  Typically, initial steps involve adjustments to fluid consumption and lifestyle, together with pelvic floor exercises and bladder training. However, for some, as detailed by the Mayo Clinic, a more intensive intervention may be necessary, which could include urethral inserts or surgery.

As you begin your treatment journey with your doctor or continence nurse, Conni provides a range of solutions to assist with the management of Stress Incontinence.  Our line of incontinence underwear and reusable liners, with styles for both men and women, offers discreet protection helping you to feel more confident when going about your daily activities. 

The Conni Containment Swim Shorts provide dependable support when swimming, undergoing hydrotherapy or working out hard during a water aerobics class.  The drawstrings at the waist and legs with the added feature of gasket seals, help to contain urine so that you can enjoy your water activities without worry.

Additionally, our waterproof Bed Pads and Chair Pads provide a reliable barrier against leaks, protecting your furniture and bedding.  For added peace of mind, consider placing Chair Pads in areas where you spend a lot of time such as the couch or car.

So, whether during a sneezing or coughing fit, laughing too hard with friends or embarking on a new exercise regime, you can feel assured that those little leaks associated with Stress Incontinence are supported with the Conni range of products giving you the freedom to enjoy what life brings.

If you'd like to learn more about any of the products in the Conni range, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can chat with one of our friendly customer service representatives via phone at 1300 721 710, email us via the Contact Us page, or use our live chat service.