Why do I leak?
There are many reasons – it could be related to bladder habits you developed as a young child (did your parents make you go “just in case” ALL the time? Did you have to hold it for long, extended periods of time?) It could be related to constantly sucking in as a teen and shutting down your inner core system and how it functions. It could be related to how you train/exercise. And if you’ve had c-sections, I’d say that pregnancy has a much bigger impact on how our inner core system functions than what most women realize. It’s not just perineal trauma that causes issues – it’s the stretching out/lengthening of muscles that can cause weakness and affects how the brain controls the inner core.
Regardless…I will keep sharing this – do not feel SHAME if you struggle with leaking and you’ve never been pregnant, or if you’ve given birth via cesarean. There is no shame in this – the shameful part is that we keep it to ourselves b/c we’re embarrassed vs. sharing it and getting the help that we need.
So here’s me giving you permission – your issues are common – but they don’t have to be normal. And for those of you who ask me, “But I’m 50+…is there any hope for me?”
Yes, there is hope – if you have a brain and muscles and a nervous system that is working, then there is ALWAYS hope and I’d love to help you!