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Is It Normal To Pee When Sneezing?


At least 30% of women who have been pregnant experience some urine loss when sneezing. Incontinence can also occur when coughing, or laughing, or running, or jumping. Unfortunately our society tells us this is normal. It is common, but peeing when sneezing shouldn’t happen.

Peeing When Sneezing Isn’t Just For Older People

Many people of all ages can experience “Peezing”. We typically associate these symptoms in people who are older. This however is not true, people of all ages can experience urinary leakage. The thing is though, incontinence won’t just go away on its own. If anything your symptoms will likely get worse as you get older. This leads to a whole host of other behaviours occurring. Behaviours such as peeing just in case, or limiting how much fluids you ingest, or reduce your friends and family time to outings that have a bathroom close by, all out of fear of making a mess in your clothing.

Peezing? Peeing When Sneezing Help

Fortunately, there are treatments available to people experiencing urinary incontinence. Research has shown that Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a very effective from of treatment for women (and men) who experience involuntary urine loss.

What does Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy do?

A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist has special training on the pelvic floor that lets them have a better understanding of Pelvic Health related concerns.

  • The Physiotherapist will perform an in depth assessment, learning about the factors that contribute to peeing when sneezing.
  • They will ask some very personal questions and other questions related to your pelvic health.
  • This allows the Physiotherapist to learn your story and have a better understanding of the symptoms you are experiencing.
  • Next, a vaginal and/or rectal exam will be performed. This will allow the Physiotherapist to observe your tissues, determine if the pelvic floor is weak or strong and palpate for any tension or tenderness.
  • Having this information will allow for an individualized treatment plan that is specific to you and the goals you want to achieve.

If you would like to read some my information on pelvic floor dysfunction, please download this free report. In it, there are other symptoms you may also be experiencing that is related to peeing when sneezing.

Pelvic Health Guide

Otherwise, if you would like to discuss your particular symptoms, you can speak to one of our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists. They will gladly take the time to chat with you and answer any questions you have.

Valerie Van Woudenberg

Valerie Van Woudenberg

Valerie is a Physiotherapist and owner of Gage Physiotherapy and Foot Clinic . She believes that in order to take care of yourself, a holistic approach to treatment is required. She does this by looking at the whole person and assessing the biology, psychology and social elements that surround a person. Each element creates a unique dimension to the individual and affects how we function and respond to pain. Valerie focuses on helping people who desire to stay mobile and independent and have been let down by previous physiotherapy treatments, doctors or other treatments. She believes all active adults should have the confidence in knowing that their body can stand up to any task and stay mobile without the worrying of lingering injuries slowing them down.
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