Do You Suffer From Symptoms of Incontinence?

Urinary Incontinence and Sex: What You Need to Know

According to the American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD), about a third of women avoid sex as a result of their incontinence symptoms. If you’re one of that roughly 33 percent, here’s what you need to do to get your sex life back on track:

·  Talk openly about your worries with your partner. It may not be the sexiest topic, but part of trusting your partner is being able to talk openly about your concerns. Both men and women experience changes in their sex lives and performance as they age; discussing these issues openly can foster a deeper understanding and more meaningful relationship.

·  Control fluid intake prior to sex. Try not to drink fluids an hour prior to having sex (but certainly don’t avoid drinking if you’re thirsty), and avoid caffeine for a few hours before having sex. Urinate just before sex and focus on completely relaxing the bladder to get as much out as possible. Place towels on your bed to protect against possible leaks, and take a bathroom break during sex if you feel you need to urinate.

·  Try different positions. Intercourse using a rear- or side-entry position prevents your partner’s weight from resting on your bladder where added pressure can increase the risk of leaks.

·  Strengthen pelvic floor muscles with Kegels. When you urinate, try to stop the flow of urine. Those muscles you’re using are your pelvic floor muscles, and Kegels are designed to help you strengthen them so you have better control of your urine flow.

· Talk to an incontinence specialist. Your doctor can help you understand your medical options for treating incontinence, including medications and bladder control techniques that can help you prevent leakage. Most importantly, you’ll be evaluated for any underlying conditions that could be contributing to your incontinence so you can get the customized treatment you need for optimal results.

If you’re suffering from incontinence, seeing your doctor is the first step in taking back control of your life. Call our office today and schedule your evaluation so you can begin learning about your options.

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At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.


Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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