Have you ever pissed yourself laughing?
I’m not sure how it started, or why the subject came up. A few of us older girls had a good laugh the other night about the different occasions, when we were young and got the giggles, that we had experienced a bit of bladder leakage. “I wet myself laughing” was our common cry at the time! One of our party even admitted to a vague memory of having weed in her shoes after a bit of a night on the town! Any of the ladies here who have children will know that a bit of ongoing leakage can arrive with pregnancy or childbirth.
It is well-known that Madonna once said, on the David Letterman show, that she weed on her feet in the shower because it prevents athletes foot. Whether it really does, I’m not sure, but urine is well-known as a cure for acne, eczema and psoriasis. If you decide to try this remedy, you should use morning urine from mid-stream. And, oh yes, they recommend that you dab it on with a cloth, leave it for a few minutes, and wash off. Urea is an ingredient in most creams that treat those ailments, but it’s source is very likely animals. You might prefer to use your own.
Incontinence is not funny!
We might have thought it hilarious to lose bladder control when we were kids. But the truth of the matter is that it’s not so funny when you are getting older and know that you could have to deal with incontinence for the rest or your life. Whilst we ladies are more likely to suffer from bladder issues throughout our lives, older men who have had prostate surgery also have a high risk of becoming incontinent. However, they are much less likely to report it and get it treated.
The best way to manage incontinence is to “be prepared”. Before setting out on a journey, make sure to empty your bladder. Then check where public rest rooms are located on your journey and at your final destination. Don’t drink too much when in transit. If you want to be on the safe side, wear incontinence pants while you are out and about. They will make sure that you are the only one who is aware of any leakage. You will easily be able to clean up if you keep a spare in you purse. I take toilet paper as well, just in case the rest room runs out . . .
There’s an App for that
Yes, really! Read about it HERE.
There’s more fascinating information about incontinence below. If it’s a topic you prefer not to think about, I recommend that you scroll down to have a look at the videos which describes the exercises that you can do to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and help to prevent it. (yes, men can benefit from doing them too!)
How to strengthen your pelvic floor with Kegel exercises
Video courtesy of Elizabeth E. Houser, board-certified urologist specializing in women’s pelvic health, and Stephanie Riley Hahn, a physical therapist specializing in women’s pelvic health, present an educational video with 7 simple tips on how to do a correct Kegel. What is a Kegel? It is a pelvic floor muscle contraction. It strengthens and tones a women’s pelvic floor muscles, which is essential to women’s pelvic health. Many women do Kegels, but do not know how to do a Kegel correctly. This video offers 7 simple tips which can help ensure that you are doing your Kegels correctly. This is part of a series on how to set lifestyle goals to help you achieve better women’s pelvic health. Having good pelvic health allows you to avoid problems like urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and decreased sexual sensation. Learn more at AWomansGuideToPelvicHealth.com .