5 common myths about urinary leaking

October 6, 2015 | By More

Catherine Browne

Our new Women’s and Men’s Health specialist physiotherapist, Catherine Browne has written this interesting and informative mini-blog highlighting some of the common misconceptions about urinary incontinence.

5 common myths about urinary leaking

Urinary leaking can be difficult to talk about. Here is the truth behind some common myths:

1. Leaking is part of life after childbirth


Researchers estimate one third of Irish women leak urine with sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising post childbirth. Although common, leaking is not normal. Physiotherapy can help you regain the control you once had.

2. Only people who have a weak pelvic floor experience leaking


Our pelvic floor muscles must be able to contract and relax fully. Many people have a tight, overactive pelvic floor and cannot relax it fully. Pelvic floor strengthening exercises are not suitable for everyone!

3. Leaking is a natural part of aging


While it is true that changes occur in our bodies as we age leaking is not a normal part of the aging process. There is no cut-off age as to when bladder management can be effective.

4. Leaking is rarely a problem for men


One in four men can experience bladder control problems. Prostate enlargement, prostate surgery and neurological conditions can all cause urinary difficulties.

5. I will just have to live with it


Appropriate management can greatly reduce or eliminate leaking completely. Lifestyle changes including bladder training, reducing caffeine, changing medications and regular bowel movements can make a difference. You can read more about specialist physiotherapy for urinary incontinence here.

If you have any bladder control problems, call for an appointment with Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s and Men’s Health, Catherine Browne at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page.


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