Talking about stress incontinence and bladder issues as we age, as part 5 of our series on “Life in our 40’s.”
Well my friends, I hope you’ve enjoyed this series so far. Today we come to the awkward, but important topic of Urinary Incontinence. Leakage. Bladder issues. With a focus on the most common issue of Stress incontinence. If you’ve ever had the humiliating experience of thinking you can bounce on a trampoline as a mid-40 year old Mom, I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about… 🙂
Dave is not with me for this, mostly he is back to work for the next few weeks and I didn’t want to wait for him. But also because, well — I’ve got this one. I’ve done the research, talked to the specialists, and well, let’s just say I have a bit of personal experience as well…
(Scuze me while I go hide in the corner…)
Here’s the video, then I’ll share a few links and notes below.
A few notes:
1. Need a little help with the anatomy? Here’s a graphic of the involved region…
2. Want more info? Of course I only scratched the surface on this topic. Here’s a simple WebMD article with a little more information.
What I have found is that you really need to set time aside like any other part of your fitness routine. If you just tell yourself you’ll do it when you can, you’ll likely be like me, and remember just about the time you lie down in bed. Which means you’ll make it to about the 3rd rep and Zzzz… So, take a 5-10 minute chunk of your day and set it aside to do the kegels. You won’t regret it!
4. Why am I still running? Since I mention a number of times in the video that my problems are isolated to running, I know a few of you are thinking, “Then why are you still running!?” Haha, I know… Between my back issues and this one, I have considered perhaps God is suggesting I slow down a little…haha. But if you happen to be a runner, you know it’s hard to give up something that is so much a part of you. Truth is, I am walking more these days, it just takes longer, and life is busy! (I also love running!)
For the non-runners: I think running is a good test for anyone to check how strong your pelvic floor is! For those of you who are not runners, you might try a few jumping jacks, a bounce on the trampoline, or a jog down the street and back and see how you do. Personally? I’m just not ready to lose the option of doing active things quite yet, so I’m fighting these things as long as I can!
5. That part about the birth story? Can we all just forget about that now?… I really wanted to edit that out, but Dave said it’s part of the story and to leave it. (It’s really embarrassing.)
6. Shi-Shi? “make shi-shi.” “Go shi-shi.” Pronounced “She She”. You’re welcome. 🙂
7. Your turn? Share in comments! Have you dealt with these things…had surgery? Become a kegel expert? Any treatment options I missed? Anyone…anyone?…. 🙂 Please share!
I adore you all, and thank you so much for letting me be so real here. I also super-appreciate it when you share this stuff with your people.