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More bladder symptoms to watch for

Is Your Bladder Trying to Tell You Something?: Page 4

By , Caring.com contributing editor
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Leaking when you laugh? (Or lift? Or cough?)

Bladders reserve some special messages for women: If you lose a few drops (or more) of urine when you exert yourself physically, even doing something as minor as laughing hard or sneezing, you've got stress incontinence.

Stress incontinence isn't an inevitable consequence of childbirth or aging, though these experiences can raise your risk. Stress incontinence is caused by a weakening of the muscles and nerves that help hold or release urine. It can worsen the week before your period, and it sometimes gets worse after menopause due to hormonal changes.

Leaking during sex?

More than half of all sexually active women with bladder control problems also experience sexual difficulties. It's common for women with bladder control problems to urinate upon penetration, or to leak or even empty their bladder upon reaching orgasm. Not surprisingly, some women begin to avoid intimacy altogether out of embarrassment.

Urge incontinence can cause the bladder to empty at all sorts of inopportune times. For some people, the mere sound of running water starts the process. Malfunctioning nerve signals are often a root cause.