Ladies, ever get a little bit of unplanned pee slip out?
You are not alone. This happens to millions of women, and not just to older women.
It may be time to improve your urinary tract health. When you notice that you have a urine leakage when you cough, sneeze or jump, it means that your pelvic floor muscles have weakened.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a hammock shape in your pelvis.
The floor of the pelvis is made up of layers of muscle and other tissues. These layers stretch like a hammock from the tailbone at the back, to the pubic bone in front. A woman’s pelvic floor muscles support her bladder, womb (uterus) and bowel (colon). The urine tube (front passage), the vagina and the back passage all pass through the pelvic floor muscles. Your pelvic floor muscles help you to control your bladder and bowel.
If they aren't strong enough to keep your bladder or bowels in place, or if they are inflamed due to a bacterial infection, you may leak urine during times of physical stress.
Reduced pelvic floor strength causes the bladder to retain more than 30ml of urine, which leads to an increased risk of infection.
Foods like caffeinated beverages, sodas, tomatoes, spicy foods, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol can worsen your pelvic floor muscles and you should limit eating them as much as you can.
The key is to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by exercising the right muscles.
A lot of times, people strengthen or tighten up their buttocks or their thighs, but they are not the correct muscles.