It's Okay For Women To Laugh At Those Embarassing Body Changes

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Light Bladder Leakage

"Sometimes, I pee when I laugh" is one of those potential embarrassing situations that one in four women could talk about if they only had the nerve. It's not the most comfortable conversation starter, but it could be because nearly 16 million women experience light bladder leakage when they laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise.

In a recent national survey of more than 1,000 women conducted by Poise brand, light bladder leakage was cited by 8 in 10 of them as the No. 1 most embarrassing body change to discuss with other women.

"As a physical therapist who works with women, I've found that they are embarrassed to talk about light bladder leakage, which is a shame since we talk and laugh about everything else, including those unexpected changes in our bodies like having your first period or going through menopause," said Jane Frahm, supervisor of women's physical therapy services, Detroit Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. "We want women to know that light bladder leakage is common and manageable if armed with the right information and tools. In fact, it's something women might even come to laugh about. It really is okay to laugh."

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What Every Woman Should Know

For women experiencing light bladder leakage, here's what they should know:

-- 1 in 4 women experiences light bladder leakage at times.

-- It's easily manageable if you know why it happens and what to do about it.

-- The most common type of light bladder leakage happens when women laugh, cough, sneeze, exercise, jump, lift or make other movements that put pressure on their bladders.

-- More than 50 percent of first-time pregnant moms and up to 85 percent of second-timers develop light bladder leakage - usually in their third trimester when the baby's growth accelerates, causing the uterus to lean up against the bladder almost continuously.

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