Urinary Stress Incontinence During Sex: Common and Treatable
A fun romp in bed and urine leakage? Not exactly the romantic scenario a woman envisions. Yet, a 2017 study in the medical journal Plos One discovered that 56 percent of women who have urinary incontinence also experience involuntary leakage, or coital incontinence, during sex.
While this study revealed that a significant number of women suffer from this disorder, it is hypothesized that the amount may be even higher since it’s not often voluntarily reported. While, understandably, women are embarrassed to bring up this issue, it’s important to seek treatment. Coital incontinence can be caused by an underlying medical issue and can cause women to feel stressed and abstain from sex.
This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including childbirth, certain medical conditions such as diabetes, and MS. Women seeking treatment should first rule out any Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Some women experience the leakage only during orgasm while others notice the issue during penetration.
The good news is urinary stress incontinence treatment is available. If a UTI is not the cause, then women can look at other treatment options including:
- Simple Solutions: Use the restroom before jumping into bed. An empty bladder will be less likely to leak during sex. Putting down that glass of wine before engaging in sexual activity can help. Limiting beverages, particularly alcohol, caffeine and juices that irritate the bladder can deter leakage. Avoiding spicy food is also an option to consider.
- Work out the Vagina: Pelvic floor muscles can become weakened from childbirth and age. Strengthen these muscles with Kegels.
- Hit the Gym: Dropping some weight can help alleviate pressure in the abdomen.
Coital incontinence doesn’t have to be a shameful secret. Not treating this disorder can have a detrimental effect on a couple’s sex life. Enjoy sex without stressing. To find out more about treatment for urinary continence contact Dr. Ghozland today at (310) 393-9359 for a free consultation.