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Dr Dawn:
There’s no question, people who suffer with urinary incontinence are embarrassed about it. They don’t tell their friends, they often avoid going out socially and some even keep it secret from their partners. Silent sufferers can spend their lives hiding the tell-tale signs that they have a bladder problem but it’s estimated that up to six million people in the UK have urinary incontinence. It’s twice as common in women as men, and affects many women who have had children.

There are different types of urinary incontinence but the most common is called stress incontinence. Sufferers find any physical activity like coughing, laughing or sneezing can trigger urine to leak. For some, even having sex of just stretching up to get something off a shelf will result in a leak.

Regular pelvic floor exercises can stop you from getting stress incontinence, and will actually cure the problem in three out of four cases. If you suffer, and are unsure how to exercise your pelvic floor muscles, your GP can refer you to a physiotherapist or incontinence advisor who will show you how to do this properly.

If after six weeks there is no improvement, they can offer you specialist techniques including vaginal cones or electrical stimulation which may help. Occasionally physiotherapy alone isn’t enough to cure incontinence in which case surgery may be an option. Recently a surgical procedure using tension-free vaginal tape has been used. It’s non-invasive and can be done under local or general anaesthetic. The operation involves placing a U-shaped piece of synthetic tape underneath the urethra, the tube leading out from your bladder. This gives the neck of the bladder and the urethra the support they’re missing so the leaks stop and recovery times are quick.

Urinary incontinence is a common problem and if you’re suffering in silence then stop, go and speak to your doctor. It’s confidential, they will have heard it all before, probably that week and most importantly, they’ll be able to help.

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Quick Health Advice: Stress Incontinence

It is estimated that 6 million people in the UK suffer from urinary incontinence, and it is twice as common in women as men. In this exclusive guide, Dr Harper explains the causes of this surprisingly common, but distressing, condition and advises on the exercises, techniques and surgery that can help alleviate the problem. Suffering in silence is the only option no longer available.

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Im 14 and its so painful for me to go to school now beacuase me and my friends like to joke around then i laugh and i just staring pissing a little dribble then i clench my muscles and my legs cramp im debating if i shoud just wear a tampon or pad to help catch some but is so bad that i feel i have to call my mom and that is embassing for me.





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I don't know how to start i got problem or maybe not I try to stop when I am in public at friend when not home I don't do pee myself but only at home I pee myself I start that when I was 15 years old now I am 41 year old I never tell nobody about this I try to think why I do that and where I start that is unknown maybe is for fun or maybe wear to said that I try to stop not work





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I have been wetting myself im on meds for mental illness and high blood pressure and diabetes. I'm thirsty a lot. I smoke. I'm tired. I don't sleep at night.





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I am 17 and have a persistent problem. I will go to the toilet fine, carry on with daily things and suddenly get a bad pain down below and lose control of my bladder. It's not just tiny drips either. It's starting to get VERY embarrassing and I'm incredibly self conscious because of it. I'm on a combined pill, and have suffered with IBS in the past. Can somebody please offer me some advice?





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Hi i am 16 and going on 17 soon and I've been drippling. I've been on antibiotics because I did have a urine infection. But the anti biotics got rid of it but i still I'm drippling in my pants frequently this is not normal for me because i didnt do this before. Please help i don't know what to do anymore





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I'm 14 and I suddenly get urges to go the toilet but can't hold it in. Even if I'm just walking to the toilet I'll start peeing myself and is try so hard to make it stop but it keeps coming. It's starting to happen more frequently. I don't know what's wrong with me.





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I am a 50 year old male with a retractile testicle. The right-hand one is slightly smaller and higher than the left, and can disappear up in the abdomen when cold or if wearing tight-fitting trousers. This is normally not much of an issue, but for the last 6 months I have been practicing yoga regularly. One of the basic yoga moves - the "root lock" - involves drawing in the genitals, perineum and naval while holding breath. Unfortunately this causes the testicle to retract as well, causing a dull ache over time. My GP says there is no damage being done, and no danger of infertility (as I am vasectomised anyway), but nothing I can do but stop yoga, which I don't want to do. Is there any other solution for me?





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I'm a 17 year old girl and I can't hold my pee when I'm near a toilet. I try my best but it trickles out and in the end making me wet myself completely. I don't know what to do I'm so embarrassed about it.





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i'm a 21 year old girl, i face the same problem. Sometimes i dont even feel like i need to go then all of a sudden it starts to trickle out and i dont even feel it :/ Really could do with the same answer as you

I am a 13 year old girl and I face a problem quite similar to this.I can hold it in all right until I got to the restroom.But once I've stepped inside even before removing my pants,I pee and wet my whole pant.Once I did it when I was in a sports tournament it was so urgent, I rushed my friend to the restroom and before I can remove my pants,pee rushed out.I asked my friend to bring a new pair of shorts which were in my bag.She brought it and asked me what happened.I was so embarrassed and told her it was my period,it leaked through.I managed well at that time but it happens often and I can't tell my mom too!! Please help me !!

I am 78 and my problem is when I get to the top of the stairs I am so out of breath that I wet myself and cannot stop





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I am 14 years old I have started peeing when I sneeze laugh and cough for the last 2 years I don't know if this is normal what should I do





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