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Pee when YOU want to! Sharing the miracle

Saturday, January 19, 2013

One of the side effects of pregnancy, menopause, even weight gain and lack of exercise, is having to wear Poise pads because when you laugh or sneeze or even bend over or squat, you leak. It means not wanting to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Menopause means no more period, hurrah! But then your muscles change, particularly "down there" and you are back to a pad.
I had visited my doctor and a urologist about this and they basically said "Live with it." -- Male doctors by the way.
It had gotten a little better with weight loss and exercise, particularly walking, but if I got a cough, oh boy.
I started to visit a physiotherapist about abdomen exercises with my hernia as I am not supposed to do crunches or sit ups. She made me stand on one foot and as I wobbled, she said " You are incontinent, aren't you?"
Woah! Did I smell?
No. She knew my pelvic floor was weak because I couldn't balance on one foot.
Keugels don't work.
What does work is Keugels and Umbrella breathing. I CAN NOW GO SEVERAL HOURS WITHOUT WANTING TO PEE OR LEAKING. SORENESS AND INFECTIONS CLEARED UP!!! Not totally cured but getting there. I want to share this miracle with all of you.
She taught me to umbrella breath: Pull in a breath and expand your diaphragm while keeping your "down there" relaxed. Breath out and at the same time do a Keugel. Tightening the area of your vagina. But keep the bum relaxed (Not as easy as it seems). You will feel it inside and up the sides of your stomach if you do it right.
At first I couldn't move the muscles, then I started to feel it as I worked out.
do this 5x for 5x a day for six weeks. Then twice a day for life. You can do this anywhere as it doesn't show.
I have also now moved onto abdomen exercises. In all exercises, I Umbrella breath and Keugel.
Here is a link to some videos on this topic.


There is a cure, leaking is not a natural part of aging or motherhood!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks so much for the information. Definitely will try this technique. Encouraging to know that something can be done.
    1920 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    thanks for sharing- I will definitely try it out. I have been struggling with this for some time and it was one of the main motivator to my finally committing to a healthier lifestyle and losing weight.
    1932 days ago
  • ANYVAR54
    Your blog post sparked my interest. Thank you for sharing. A very sensitive area, but sounds promising.
    1951 days ago
  • MSGO72
    Interesting, thank you for sharing.
    1951 days ago
    I had the same issues and it had gotten to the point that is was very inconvenient and frustrating. I saw a urologist (a male) who was very helpful and had surgery (the old kind, not the sling) in 2003 and haven't had a leak since.
    1951 days ago
    Another pee issue is after you have been in a car wreck and the air bag deploys and it pushes into your stomach. I had that issue happen to me a few years ago My doctor used the technique you described above but it did not work for me. So they injected me with botox (there is an article about this in today's SP medical topics section(, It takes 7 minutes of which you are totally knocked out but then the effects are immediate For two years I did not have to worry about this problem but now it's coming back and considering doing it again

    1951 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2013 2:10:39 PM
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