Incontinence – why you don’t have to suffer from this embarrassing condition.

Between 3 and 6 million people in the UK suffer from some type of incontinence [NHS Choices]. Of course, there are different types which I will explain later, but why would you suffer from this embarrassing condition if you knew there was a relatively simple way to reverse the process?

“Leaking urine when you laugh or cough is NOT normal!”

The lady in the TV ads for ‘Tena Lady’ incontinence pads is getting younger, she used to be an older lady and we have come to accept that old ladies have “little accidents”. ‘Tena Lady’ is now in her mid-40s/mid-50s and this image is normalising urinary leakage. Well, let me tell you straight, leaking urine when you laugh or cough is NOT normal and, with a little bit of commitment, you can reduce or eliminate the problem with the Hypopressive Method.

A lady called Annie came to see me when I first started teaching Hypopressives. She had suffered from incontinence for 42 years: 42 years of incontinence pads, anxiety, agoraphobia and stress. She learnt and started practicing the Hypopressive exercises regularly and I am delighted to report that she is no longer incontinent and her life has been transformed. Annie, like many other ladies who call me with similar problems, either keep their condition to themselves or just don’t get the sympathy & help they deserve from their GPs. You can read Annie’s story in more detail here.

There are several types of incontinence:

  • Stress urinary incontinence – leaking urine during coughing, sneezing, running etc.
  • Urge incontinence or Overactive Bladder Syndrome – when there is a sudden urgency to visit the lavatory and frequent visits to the lavatory during the night
  • Mixed incontinence – when you have symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence
  • Overflow incontinence (Chronic Urinary Retention) – when there is an inability to fully empty the bladder, which results in leakage
  • Total incontinence – where the bladder can’t store any urine & leakage is frequent

Suffering any form of incontinence makes life difficult, so why suffer when you can do something about it? Practicing Hypopressives, which takes 20 – 25 minutes, a few times a week could improve or even solve your worries.

How do Hypopressives improve incontinence symptoms?

When the muscles of the pelvic floor, core ligaments and tendons are weak, they no longer provide a good support ‘hammock’ for the pelvic organs. By strengthening the core muscles (including the pelvic floor, ligaments and tendons) the organs return to their proper place in the pelvis and the strengthened pelvic floor supports them while you are doing physical exercise like walking, jogging etc.