Does your heart sink when your trainer calls for star jumps? Do you avoid lifting heavy weights? Does your golf swing make you anxious – especially towards the end of a round when you need to go to the loo?  If you pee while exercising, it’s likely that you’re experiencing stress incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when straining, lifting or jumping places excessive physical pressure on your bladder. This overrides the bladder sphincter’s ability to close and hold urine back, and causes you to leak...
Bladder leakage or incontinence affects one in three women and one in ten men, often as a result of surgery, childbirth or other trauma, but many struggle with the inconvenience, expense and ecological unfriendliness of pads and panty liners. Whether they make it to landfill or, even worse, end up in our oceans, ‘disposable’ pads and diapers containing plastic lining can take as long as 500 years to decompose. Nearly 20 billion single-use baby nappies are added to landfills every...
When you were a kid, you probably laughed whenever the words ‘poos’ and ‘wees’ were mentioned. But these days the topic of bodily excretions seems far less funny –because the process isn’t always straightforward. Although the bowel and bladder are responsible for different functions, when the bowel isn’t working to digest and remove waste effectively, bladder leakage can be a side effect – but why? Why does constipation affect bladder leakage? The bowel sits extremely close to the bladder, and...