Although in continence is very common symptom of the pelvic floor not functioning properly, it is hugely inconvenient to have to put up with leaks when coughing/laughing/running whilst going about your daily life.

Why does this happen?

The pelvic floor plays an important role in supporting the bladder and in charge of opening and contracting the urethra muscles. In a healthy functioning pelvic floor, the muscles are able to open and contract during activities like running or coughing, which causes pressure on the muscles. With a weakened pelvic floor, the muscles are unable to perform a strong enough contraction to keep the urethra muscles closed and control the flow of urine.

How can I fix this?

The first thing to remember with any suspected pelvic floor issues is to check your symptoms with your doctor to make sure there are no underlying issues. Once you have identified that your symptoms are in line with a weak pelvic floor causing the incontinence, pelvic floor training is the next step to begin preventing the urine leakage by strengthening the muscles.

Using the kegel weights and focusing on the closing function of the pelvic floor will be the most effective exercise to prevent these leaks.