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Asthma and bladder leakage?

Asthma and bladder leakage?

Asthma is not something you would commonly associate with bladder leakage. However, if you suffer from a chronic cough as a result of asthma, you may recognize the connection.

The constant force that coughing exerts on the body can contribute significantly to a higher risk of bladder leakage – commonly referred to as stress urinary incontinence. Not only that, but the inability to regularly breath deeply into the diaphragm can also limit the strength potential of the pelvic floor.

When you cough (or sneeze), it causes greater downward pressure on the bladder than that required for the closure of the urinary sphincter. This makes it difficult for the muscles of the pelvic floor to remain tight enough to prevent leakage. Over time – if left unchecked – the added strain can cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken, resulting in even less ability to prevent leakage.

To reduce the risk of stress urinary incontinence as well as the potential worsening of the situation, one of the most effective things to do is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. When correctly performed, consistent pelvic floor exercises have been shown to reduce the incidence of stress urinary incontinence.

The important take away here is that the exercises need to be performed correctly, and consistently.

To ensure that you get the benefits of your efforts in improving the strength of your pelvic floor, come and see one of our specially trained physiotherapists at Western Women’s and Men’s Health in Hopers Crossing. We will have a thorough consult with you to ensure that you are comfortable and able to perform the required exercises in order to get the best results.

Bladder leakage – whether light or otherwise – is not normal, but is often preventable and treatable. So, what are you waiting for? Give our friendly team a call today on (03) 8001 2004, and schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you with your pelvic health!

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