Incontinence - you leak when you don't want to.
Stress urinary incontinence: when your bladder is under more stress (jumping, laughing, sneezing etc.), you leak. It might be a little, it might be a lot.
Urge urinary incontinence: you feel a sudden and strong urge to go, and you don't make it to the bathroom in time.
Mixed urinary incontinence: you've got a combo of stress and urge.
Frequency: you need to go more often than you should (more than about 8 times a day)
1 in 3 women will have urinary incontinence at some point
32% of women age 18-40, 47% of women age 41-64, and 53% of women age 65+ have at least one of the following symptoms: urinary frequency, urinary urgency, urge or stress incontinence, or urinating more than once per night
only 1/5 are currently doing pelvic floor muscle training to try to change their symptoms
There are many causes, some of which include pelvic muscle weakness, changes in the nervous system, and changes in the bladder emptying reflex.
Pelvic physiotherapists can help improve your bladder concerns. We assess bladder and fluid habits, provide education about how to normalize how often you go to the bathroom, teach you how to properly engage the pelvic floor to both contract and relax, and so much more.