Top 10 Bladder Triggers -- and How to Turn Them Off

Laughing or sneezing
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The pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder and urethra are weakened. When you laugh, the sphincter muscle at the juncture between the urethra and bladder can't hold as tightly as it should. What to do:

  • Schedule bathroom trips at regular, set intervals. Learning to follow a bathroom schedule, known as bladder training, can help your bladder relearn how not to release unexpectedly.

  • Get a referral to a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor strengthening. You can learn exercises to regain control over these muscles.

  • Practice double voiding. If incontinence seems to be related to your bladder not emptying completely, returning to the bathroom after waiting a few minutes can help eliminate residual urine.

  • Don't get caught out. If you haven't been to the bathroom in a while and someone launches into a joke, don't feel self-conscious about excusing yourself. It's OK to say, "Hold that thought" so you don't miss out on a good laugh.