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I have had stress incontinence since my late teens. I had my first child when I was 31. I believe the problem was caused by coughing. As a child I seemed to constantly have a cough. Both my parents smoked both in the car and in the house and seemed to have an aversion to opening windows so I grew up breathing smoke.
I have no problems waiting to pass urine. I can go to sleep at night knowing that I need the toilet but I'm too lazy to get up and go. I never leak during the night.
My problem arises during hay fever season when I sneeze a lot and then usually develop a cough, or if I catch a cold. I always develop chest infections with either of these conditions and can cough for weeks.
When I went to the GP about the problem I was asked to take off my knickers and stand with my legs apart over a pile of tissue paper and cough. When some urine leaked the diagnosis was, "Yes, you have stress incontinence". This process was humiliating. I was referred to a Physiotherapist who said my pelvic floor muscles weren't too bad so surgery was not appropriate. She gave me an exercise sheet. The exercises haven't helped and I have not returned to my GP as I feel there is nothing that can be done for me.
I have been too embarrassed to by Tena as it's obvious when you get this product what your problem is. I have used Always pads but they don't help with the odour problem. I have recently given in and bought Tena and also Tescos similar product. Although embarrassing to buy, they really do work. They are shorter and a little thicker than Always so more comfortable. The only problem is they have square sides so show at the edge of your knickers.
I have a friend who works in the Gynie Department of the local hospital and she has told me there is a product you can buy from the Internet that you insert into the vagina to help with muscle control. She is going to get me the details and I'm hoping that this will help me.
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