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4/20/11 1:32 P

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Same problem here. I had 3 kids in 2 1/2 years (twins) so my bladder is a wreck! I have to brace myself even when I sneeze! I also wear a panty liner to work out! A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

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mamasweat.blogspot.com/2010/05/pelvi
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I went to the blogspot. It was a great read & I WILL be adding more squats to my day!
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4/20/11 1:14 P

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http://mamasweat.blogspot.com/2010/05/pelv
ic-floor-party-kegels-are-not.html

There's an alternative view that says squats work for toning the pelvic floor. Maybe try adding some of them into your everyday strength work if you don't already.

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4/20/11 12:55 P

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So strange that I did not see this before. I have been battling this for some time and wearing Poise pads. Sneezes, coughs, laughs & any quick movement causes me to leak. At times I have sneezed and had a flooding surprise. At first I was in denial. Told myself that it was a passing thing and I would be fine. Finally had to get the pads and wear them.
Now I do the Kegel exercises everytime I think of it while sitting at my desk, in my car, watching TV... just anywhere the thought hits me. Now just after a week of doing these on thought impulse, I can tell a difference. The dribbles have not completely stopped, but the gusher-sneezes have!
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1/24/11 11:56 A

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I'm so glad you asked this!! I kinda get something like this, but not while exercising, and I haven't had kids, it seems to be infrequent.

As a child/teenager I held lots of stress in my body and naturally squeezed the HECK out of my kegels. I didn't know what I was doing, it was just automatic, as a tension thing. A few years ago at my heaviest I noticed I was definitely NOT in the habit of exercising my kegels and started having pee problems - not emptying my bladder fully unintentionally (or because of medical issue), and frequent U Infections, and I had no idea why. Those are gone after losing weight, and so is the strange peeing but there's infrequently some other minor leakage. If I'm leaking while exercising I can't tell because I PERSPIRE SO MUCH! LOL!

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1/23/11 7:07 P

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Like everyone before me, I would suggest kegel exercises and wearing a pad or pantyliner. I also heard somewhere that as you lose weight, less pressure will be put on your bladder so that it will also improve with weight loss.

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1/20/11 6:18 P

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I would suggest kegel exercises as well, but I did watch an episode of Dr. Oz a couple months ago that talked about "leaking" in women. I will TRY to explain what I learned.

Women who have had children tend to have a weakened pelvic floor. Over time or a few children, and this can cause the leaking. Basically what Dr. Oz showed was that normal women have a tube that goes from their bladder, but the tube normally make a U shape before curving back down and out. When the muscles are weakened (from having children) the U settles and tends to point straight down. Therefore, when you have urine in the bladder and move (or jump) it will leak out.

As for what to do about it, that may require some research!

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1/20/11 6:18 A

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I'm with Trazyzabelle: Urine and blood come from different places. A tampon will NOT help, unless you think the tampon is placing pressure on a muscle to prevent leakage, but I am not sure that works.
I would do what the other posters recommended, practice kegels as much as possible. You can do them when you are sitting in the car, at your desk, at the dinner table, etc. Also, you can wear panty liners or briefs. If those things still aren't helping, talk to a doctor. Sometimes women who leak and aren't being helped with kegels have a bladder or kidney infection.

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1/20/11 1:28 A

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You shouldn't use a tampon for anything other than menstrual blood. Also, be very careful with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). It is caused by (staph) bacteria, and tampons can trap the bacteria and allow it to grow. While it's not common, it can be deadly and is generally preventable. You should always use the lowest absorbency tampon when you have your period and change it at least every 8 hours. Again, it's not common, but it can be a serious problem and I know someone who got ill from it. Be careful.

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1/20/11 1:08 A

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urine and blood come from different places

One bite, one day, one pound at a time. Remember you are worth the effort!


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1/19/11 11:14 P

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So I read somewhere that if you use a tampon it prevents leaking. IM about to try this now, And I'll let you know if it works! :)


So Update: Helped a small amount. But doesnt prevent!

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10/5/10 3:50 A

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There's no such thing as TMI. If it bothers you, don't read it. (LOL). That being said, I use some variety of pantiliner (I like the Always dri-liners fresh) pretty much all the time. I have overactive bladder and (due to weight and heredity, not children) also have problem with a little leakage particularly when exercising (and especially jumping), and I find the right liner makes a huge difference. I prefer things scented because I am really self conscious, and the right liner almost makes you forget about it. Yay. :)

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10/5/10 12:25 A

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No embarassment using an incontinence pad-- pads for periods are not the tight ones as blood is thicker than urine-- sonce my hysterectomy, I leak so I wear POISE Better to be dry and happy !

Edited by: TRACYZABELLE at: 10/5/2010 (00:26)
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10/4/10 9:31 P

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totally with you! i can't jump rope. not a chance. something about the up and down bouncing - there's NO controling the leakage. it just falls out! soggy crotch central.... emoticon ew.

i have to stop in the middle of jazzercise class to go to the bathroom too. i don't really think it's a physical necessity that i go, but with all the bouncing i feel like i do. dribblage is a good word for it. that's exactly what it seems like. so annoying! emoticon

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10/4/10 8:56 P

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I occasionally have this problem also. It kinda seems like it comes and goes for me. I'm not sure whats causing it. I can be fine for months, then for like 2 straight weeks I'll "dribble", so I wear pantiliners during that time. What really makes me mad is that sometimes after just peeing I will sneeze and pee on myself! WTH! I just finished peeing, where did that come from?! Anyways, yeah, I have that problem, too.

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10/4/10 7:41 P

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Thanks everyone!

I knew you all were gonna suggest Kegels. :) I guess I'll start adding them to my daily routine!

I do currently wear pantie liners, so I guess I'll have to get some pads {haven't had a period in over a year!}. And it only happens when I exercise. I feel no need to pee until about my 3rd jumping jack, then it's all over...

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10/4/10 5:23 P

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I second the kegel suggestion! Truth be told, I had a bit of incontinence BEFORE getting pregnant! Kegels were a godsend. No problems anymore! But I would also second wearing pads.

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10/4/10 5:21 P

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I know it doesn't sound fun to purchase them but Depends brand makes pads for people who "leak". They are more absorbant than regular pads. There was also a person who told you how to do exercsises to strengthen your muscle. VERY good advice.

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10/4/10 5:17 P

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I pause my shred DVD to run to the bathroom for the same reason. Do what you can, but don't let it stop you from doing those jumping jacks! Do you remember when Jumping Jacks were fun in elementary school? I try to remember that when doing them and it makes me smile to be doing them again. They work the legs so well and are great cardio. Jumping rope, same thing!

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10/4/10 4:15 P

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Sweetheart! I am right there with ya! I do kegels to help out, but not there yet. And this may be WAY TOO much TMI... but I can't wear panties when I run or work out. They are super uncomfortable to me when really moving. So, yeah... I feel your pain. I know where every bathroom is on my run route, and stop to pee 2-4x every workout, to prevent dribblage. Yeah, its no fun. A HUGE part of the reason I'm NOT ready to run a marathon yet!!!

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10/4/10 3:34 P

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I was about to post the link to the Mayo Clinic -- it's a great site and this article will help you strengthen your pelvic floor.

Kegel exercises: A how-to guide for women
Kegel exercises can help you prevent or control urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems. Here's a step-by-step guide to doing Kegel exercises correctly.
By Mayo Clinic staff

Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder and bowel. You can do Kegel exercises discreetly just about anytime, whether you're driving in your car, sitting at your desk or relaxing on the couch. You can even do Kegel exercises when you're pregnant. Start by understanding what Kegel exercises can do for you — then follow step-by-step instructions for contracting and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles.
Why Kegel exercises matter
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Illustration of muscles targeted during Kegel exercises Female pelvic floor muscles

Many factors can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, from pregnancy and childbirth to aging and being overweight. This may allow your pelvic organs to descend and bulge into your vagina — a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. The effects of pelvic organ prolapse range from uncomfortable pelvic pressure to leakage of urine. Pelvic organ prolapse isn't inevitable, however. Kegel exercises can help delay or even prevent pelvic organ prolapse and the related symptoms.

Kegel exercises — along with counseling and sex therapy — may also be helpful for women who have persistent problems reaching orgasm.
How to do Kegel exercises

It takes diligence to identify your pelvic floor muscles and learn how to contract and relax them. Here are some pointers:

* Find the right muscles. Insert a finger inside your vagina and try to squeeze the surrounding muscles. You should feel your vagina tighten and your pelvic floor move upward. Then relax your muscles and feel your pelvic floor return to the starting position. You can also try to stop the flow of urine when you urinate. If you succeed, you've got the basic move. Don't make a habit of starting and stopping your urine stream, though. Doing Kegel exercises with a full bladder or while emptying your bladder can actually weaken the muscles, as well as lead to incomplete emptying of the bladder — which increases the risk of a urinary tract infection.
* Perfect your technique. Once you've identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder and sit or lie down. Contract your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, then relax for five seconds. Try it four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions.
* Maintain your focus. For best results, focus on tightening only your pelvic floor muscles. Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Avoid holding your breath. Instead, breathe freely during the exercises.
* Repeat three times a day. Aim for at least three sets of 10 repetitions a day. You might make a practice of fitting in a set every time you do a routine task, such as checking email, commuting to work, preparing meals or watching TV.


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10/4/10 3:20 P

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I have this same exact problem! My kids were born less than 18 months apart, and my pelvic floor muscles haven't been the same since.

For now, use panty liners when you are doing the cardio. And try to add kegel exercises daily to re-strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. www.mayoclinic.com/health/kegel-exer
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Before long, those muscles will be back in shape, and you won't be "leaking" anymore!!!

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Does this only happen when you exercise? I could just be after having kids your uterus is tilted and pressing on the bladder a little or the bladder sometimes becomes weakened after kids or abdominal surgery. I had surgery a few years ago and that was a side effect. I wear Always pantiliners because they absorb well and you don't feel it.

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Have you thought about using panty liners or thin pads? Maybe you can try those to catch your small leaks when you workout. I think it's worth a shot. I wish you well in your weight loss journey.

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10/4/10 2:37 P

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I suppose it comes from having 3 kids in 4 years, but, when I exercise - particularly jumping jacks and/or simulated jump rope - I tend to pee myself. But, not really pee. It just kinda leaks out... And then, I have to finish my workout in wet pants.

Luckily, I work out at home with only the kids to watch me, and they don't notice, but it's annoying and embarrassing.

Any suggestions?

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