September 6, 2018 at 7:05 am #951
I’ve had a really bad cold for about 2 weeks now and have been coughing and sneezing. It seems each time I either cough or sneeze now I leak a little. I’m a little worried now – what should I do?September 6, 2018 at 7:23 am #955
Jenny @ VCRCKeymaster
Hi there, Good on you for asking for advice instead of just putting up with a problem that is obviously really annoying you. While it doesn’t sound like you need to be very worried, your little bit of worry is helpful because it has spurred you into action. Whenever we are unwell, our whole body can be affected more than we realise and this includes our muscle strength and endurance. A lot of energy is being used up to fight off the cold viruses, which leaves less energy available to build up muscle. In your case the coughing and sneezing is obviously putting a lot of strain on your pelvic floor muscles and they are not keeping up with the increased load. It can be helpful to squeeze your pelvic floor muscle before the cough or sneeze strikes. It can also help to sit down and lean slightly forwards to reduce the strain on your undercarriage; and some people cross their legs to help reinforce the pelvic floor muscle contraction. As soon as you start to feel well enough – get started on some gentle pelvic floor strengthening exercises. If you’re uncertain whether you’re doing them correctly ask a pelvic health physiotherapist to check your technique. Sometimes this can be done using an ultrasound scanner over your tummy or watching how your body moves during the exercise. A more intimate examination is not always needed, but may be recommended if there are particular concerns and you are old enough to provide informed consent.
Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)