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How to deal with bladder weakness and intimacy

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Yes – you can still enjoy sex

Leaking urine during sex is more common than you might think, and it can happen to women at any age. The size and frequency of the leaks can vary greatly depending on the type of bladder weakness that you experience, and there are a few things you can do to reduce, or even avoid them altogether. Maybe the most important advice is to talk to your partner. With trust and understanding, it is easier to maintain intimacy in a relationship.
 
How to avoid urine leaks during sex:

  • Empty the bladder. By emptying the bladder before sex, you can greatly reduce the risk and size of leaks. Also, it often helps to avoid beverages such as tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • Work the pelvic floor. Studies show that women who do Kegel exercises on a regular basis will leak less during sex. Also, exercising the pelvic floor muscles can give you more intense orgasms. 
  • Try changing positions. Some sexual positions put less pressure on the bladder and urethra.

Talk to your doctor. It might seem like an obvious thing to do, but don’t be shy to talk to your doctor about urinary incontinence during sex. Urinary leakage can be treated and your physician can give you practical advice or refer you to a specialist.

Strengthen the pelvic floor

Reduce the risk of leaks with Kegel exercises.

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Tips and tricks

Learn how to manage your incontinence.

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Prepare yourself

Tips about what to ask your doctor.

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