I am a 56-year-old woman. I don’t have true incontinence as I can hold my bladder and get to the toilet in time but I have a problem when I actually pass urine.
When I am urinating, my urine stream is all over the place and when I’ve finished I am dripping wet down below and I have to dry myself with quite a bit of toilet paper before pulling my pants up. I find it upsetting and embarrassing and I wonder if other women have this problem as no one talks about it. For this reason I wear pantyliners in my pants for extra hygiene. I have a boyfriend and I have to wash my vulva with soap to feel clean and fresh before we have sex. I don’t want my boyfriend to smell urine on me when we are intimate as it would put him off and be embarrassing for me.
My doctor tested my urine and I don’t have an infection. I don’t have any other problem apart from that with my urine flow. I have been advised to do pelvic floor exercises but how do I do them as I don’t know?
What can I do to improve my flow of urine when I go to the toilet? Is there anyone I can speak to who can advise me on this?
Thank you for your question. There are actually far more people with this problem than you think, it is just rare to hear people discussing it.
Pelvic floor exercises will help you gain better control over your urine flow.
Follow these steps to practice kegel exercises:
Identify the right muscles. These are the muscles that you use to stop yourself from peeing mid-flow. You can stop urination midstream to do this.
Once you have found these muscles, you should contract these muscles and hold for 5 seconds. Release for 5 seconds.
Repeat this exercise 10 times, 3 times a day for maximum impact.
I would also recommend trying double voiding. When you go to the toilet, urinate once and then try to go again a few moments later. This should help you empty your bladder fully, which could prevent an unsteady urine stream next time.
Do you have an active lifestyle?
I had this problem due to my pelvic floor being so weak after pregnancy.
Please believe the Doctor that these do help..it helps you gain better control.
I also realised I was stationary a lot of the time and not moving enough, which meant I retained urine.
You need to keep at it, strengthening it gradually will help!!!