Whenever I laugh too hard, I pee myself. It happens at least three times a week. My muscles down there probably aren't strong and I don't know what to do. How can I stop this? I don't want to be known as the girl who wets her pants!
Hello there friend! It’s possible that you do have weaker muscles down there, or you could have something called stress incontinence, which is an involuntary loss of urine during physical activities such as exercise, coughing and even sneezing.
Here are the basics: The ability to hold your pee and control it is dependent upon your urinary tract, kidneys and nervous system (your body’s way of signaling to you “HEY, I GOTTA PEE!”). On average, the bladder can hold over two cups of the yellow stuff and the two muscles involved are the sphincter (a muscle that surrounds the urethra—your pee tube) and the detrusor, which is a muscle in your bladder.
When your muscles are weakened, you’re unable to hold back your pee as you would like to and then boom—you become a living Betsy-Wetsy doll. Now how can you avoid this? Well, you’d definitely have to see your doctor about it to find out what’s really going on.
Your doc can give you more insight as to why you may have weakened muscles, and can prescribe you with medication and give you exercises to strengthen your muscles (yes, it can be done).
Until you figure out the severity of the problem and receive proper treatment, you should try to make sure to visit the restroom often—even before you think you have to go. And try to avoid drinks that have caffeine, as they make your bladder overactive. And if I were you, I’d wear a pantiliner just in case so you don’t have to ruin your underwear over a really good joke.