Have you ever coughed or sneezed and suddenly felt that horrifying wet feeling in your pants? Stress incontinence is very common, particularly for women as it can be caused by childbirth and menopause. Male incontinence can be caused by something surprising – the changes in the seasons! This is because cold weather has a negative effect on your pelvic floor. Don't worry; we’ve got the info on how to avoid this!
Why does sneezing make me pee?
Sneezing, coughing and laughing can sometimes cause urine to leak out. This is common but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Incidents of stress incontinence are a sign that your pelvic floor muscles are too weak to keep your urine contained. The pressure that sneezing or blowing your nose puts on your bladder becomes too much. This makes your urethra (the tube your wee comes out of) open and you wet yourself. Male incontinence is a very embarrassing problem that a lot of guys just put up with. But there’s no need to; there are steps you can take to stop this from happening!
Cold weather can make you wet yourself!
As if it wasn’t bad enough getting colds and flu as winter draws in, chillier weather also affects your pelvic floor muscles. When you're cold, all the muscles in your body become weaker and less coordinated. This is because low temperatures make them react less quickly to your nervous system. Your pelvic floor muscles must be able to brace themselves quickly to support your organs and stop urine leaking from your bladder. When the weather is cold incontinence and pelvic floor weakness get worse or appear for the first time.
How to treat male incontinence in winter
An obvious way to help lessen the effect cold weather has on your muscles is to wrap up warm. For your pelvic floor health, this means making sure that your lower body is warm too. People often forget this when they’re wrapped up in coats, hats and scarves. Try to avoid sitting on cold surfaces when you’re out and about as this will cool your pelvic muscles and cause problems. If you find yourself having to sit on a bench or bus stop, try doing a few quick kegels to activate and warm your muscles. Male kegels involve tensing the same muscles you would use to help you stop peeing. If you regularly suffer from male urinary incontinence it’s a good idea to use a Dribblestop Male Urinary Incontinence Clamp to give you extra security in the winter months.
Keep up with your male kegel exercises over the festive season
As Winter approaches we get busier and busier and it’s easy to let parts of your normal routine slip. Given the added risk of pelvic floor dysfunction in the winter months it’s important to keep doing your Kegels. Just a few minutes a day can protect you from incontinence and a Kegel8 male pelvic floor toner can be used while you’re tucked up in bed! The worsening of your symptoms during the winter months is a sign that your pelvic floor needs some extra TLC. Consider using a Kegel8 V For Men Pelvic Toner to maximise the effect of your male pelvic floor exercises and stay free of leaks.