Hayfever and Incontinence

Controlling Leaks Associated with Coughing and Sneezing

With spring come allergies and coughing or sneezing. Those suffering from incontinence know sneezing can lead to bladder leaks or gushes, and along with a cough, a laugh, or exercise, this can prove worrisome to those with incontinence. In the last 25 years, allergic conditions - including hay fever, asthma and eczema - have doubled, making spring a difficult time for some.

Leakage associated with hay fever is called stress urinary incontinence, a term that also describes the urine leakage that happens in those who can lose control of their bladder when sudden pressure is exerted on your pelvic floor, like a sneeze! The (Pelvic Floor Muscles) PFMs are an internal muscular hammock or trampoline of muscles stretching between each hip bone and from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx (tailbone) at the back. These muscles are important for good bladder and bowel control.

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There's several things you can do to help prevent the Unexpected Leak this spring:

  • Take a Pilates Class

    Pilates can help strengthen your core and improve control of your pelvic muscles, so when something like the unexpected cough or sneeze comes along, you can stress your muscles a bit more and limit your leak. You can read more about Pilates here.

  • Strengthen Your Stomach

    The Stomach Vacuum exercise is designed to help people strengthen their core. Achieving pelvic stability is key in strengthening the pelvic floor. And as a bonus, working this muscle enhances muscular definition in your abs. So, not only are you experiencing functional benefits, you’re also reaping aesthetic advantages. Learn more about Stomach Vacuum exercises here.

  • Take Your Hay Fever Medicine

    Those suffering from allergies know that even a little goes a long way. Depending on the degree of your allergies you may need something as simple as an over the counter remedy or you may need to ask your doctor about the best solution for you.

You can get on top of the sneezing and irritation of hay fever – and any pelvic floor (bladder or bowel) weakness that this might cause. But it’s always good to have a backup. Urine leaks can happen any time and its best to be prepared with something as simple as a TENA Serenity Very Light Liner or our Moderate Thin Pad. Spring is beautiful and allergies or leaks shouldn’t get in the way of enjoying the sun and the outdoors.

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