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I am seeking advice having just read the ABC article about not running if you leak urine a little.

My situation (at 50 after a twin pregnancy at 35) is that I leak a little when running fast (I can jog slower for miles with no problem), when skipping rope (after about 80 jumps fast) and jumping on a trampoline (varies and I haven't done it recently!).

I do pelvic floor exercises (although these are sporadic and I'm never sure I'm doing them right); and often notice improvement in urine control after a few weeks where I run hard once a week (and put up with leaking a little). And it also improves when I am active in other ways using core etc.

Always worse after too much tea!

But the article got me worried about whether I'm setting myself up for prolapse or problems down the track.

Can you advise? Or suggest whether I need to get help?



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Dear Lizard,
Welcome to the forum and thank you for your post and informing me of where you heard the information. I have just listened to Life Matters on ABC radio that was on Wednesday. As stated on the show, a little bit of urine leakage is not normal and you should seek help to have this investigated more.

Lizard you have stated that your leakage is worse when you drink too much tea. Caffeine is a known bladder and bowel irritant. May I suggest you change to low caffeine or caffeine free tea? This simple change may help your leakage and there are various brands available at the supermarket to try.

It’s great that you are doing your Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises (PFME), however it is know that 30% of people doing them are indeed doing them incorrectly. I suggest that you give the National Continence Helpline (NCHL) a call on 1800 33 00 66 and speak to one of the Continence Nurse Advisors whom can confidentially discuss your needs and can refer you to a Continence Physiotherapist in your area.




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Dear Lizzard, Dear Yazzie,

OK, I am a 49 yo male struggling with urge incontinence and also very active. I run, climb, windsurf, boot camp, ... every day. As such, I thought I might share this for encouragement :-)

Those Kegel exercises work indeed but it takes a while, please be patient! Bladder calming techniques are great but I believe that is specific for urge.

If I want to enjoy a coffee, tea or fizzy drink I need to be near the toilet otherwise it really is a no go for me.

In order to do sport (every day), I go to the toilet twice to make sure I am on empty to start :-) When I go surfing or less than 30 min run, no problem. When I go for longer, I simply have a toilet stop every 30-40 minutes for peace of mind. When I go for longer, somewhere I don't know where the toilets are, I use a light Tena or Molicare pull up (invisible under training shorts) for peace of mind and try to find a toilet every 30 minutes of exercise or so. If I didn't manage to find a toilet in time, it is not the end of the world but I do go home as these pull ups get bulky.

Just the fact that I know I can get away with 1 accident gives me the confidence to get out there, be active and enjoy myself a lot.

I do the same when I travel on the plane ( I fly a lot) and as Mint says, I never had any issues at all with security checks, even with body scanners overseas. I am sure they must see this all the time.

Hope this is helpful,



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Dear Yazzie,I am a 48 year old femaie with 2 children and i started to experience leakage after my second child, who was 4.7kg. I have been doing karate for about 7 years, including many sit ups, plank and press-ups exercises. I recently read on https://www.pelvicexercises.com.au that exercises for the upper abdomen were bad for your pelvic floor and could increase my problem. Is this true? Should I be switching to a different type of exercise?Thank you!  


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Dear JapaninRome,

Welcome to the Forum and thank you for an excellent question.

Attending pelvic floor safe exercises is important for not aggravating your current incontinence issue. My advice would be to contact the National Continence Helpline for the location of your nearest Continence and Women’s health pelvic floor Physiotherapist. Continence and women's health or pelvic floor physiotherapists hold post graduate qualifications specialising in pelvic floor muscle training.  They can assess your pelvic floor function and tailor an exercise program to meet your specific needs. They can also prescribe other treatment options such lifestyle & exercise modification and biofeedback. 

You can phone the NCHL on 1800 33 00 66 and they are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm AEDST.

I have included the link below to 10 steps guide to pelvic floor safe exercise for you and our Forum users.






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