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This is such a sensitive, yet very important, topic for all women, not just elderly, and it's a common condition.

Female urinary incontinence (UI) can occur during sex, coughing or laughing, during exercise or because of other issues. It happens to me during long runs, probably because of the pounding my body takes. Fortunately (if it can be looked at this way), there is another phenomenon among runners that causes sweat to smell like ammonia, so I can chalk off the odor to being dehydrated (one of the causes of this particular issue).

In reality, between childbirth and aging, I know my muscles around my bladder have weakened and also noticed that I have less of a problem when my weight is under a certain level. Unfortunately, my weight can swing 5 lbs either way fairly quickly, depending upon what I'm eating or doing during my training season - very frustrating! So, my personal solution is a panty liner, even with my running clothes.

I've talked to my doctor, who, at this point, isn't too very gung-ho on surgery and would rather I keep working on my weight loss and Kegel exercise.

For more information about female UI:

Urinary Incontinence in Women, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Study: Female Incontinence is Common, WebMD.com

November 19, 2008 - 5:28pm


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