Diagnosing and treating incontinence during sex If you think you may be urinating during sex, talk to your doctor. Weighted vaginal cones or biofeedback techniques can help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, in addition to Kegel exercises.
Kegel exercises can add strength to your pelvic floor muscles, the muscles that support the organs in your pelvis, and the sphincter muscles that open and close when you urinate or have a bowel movement. Kegel exercises can have a number of benefits, including: One small study showed that 40 percent of men who had erectile dysfunction for more than six months had their symptoms completely resolve with a combination of pelvic floor physical therapy and at-home Kegel exercises.
The exercises can be done standing, sitting, or lying down, and they can be done just about any time or place. First locate the muscles. This is done while peeing and stopping midstream. The relaxing part is important, too. Muscles function by contracting and relaxing. Work up to a goal of 20 at a time, three to four times a day, and tightening your pelvic floor muscles for five seconds at a time.
Bladder retraining Bladder training helps you gain better control of your bladder. This enables you to go for increasingly longer periods of time between urinating. It could be done in conjunction with Kegel exercises. Bladder training consists of using the restroom on a fixed schedule, whether or not you feel the urge to go. Relaxation techniques help suppress the urge if you feel the need to urinate before the scheduled time. Gradually, the periods of time between bathroom breaks can be increased by 15 minute intervals, with an ultimate goal of going three to four hours between urinating.
It may take 6 to 12 weeks before you get to your goal. Lifestyle changes For some people, lifestyle changes can help prevent urination during sex: Try different positions during sex. Empty your bladder before sex. Your doctor can help you come up with a diet and fitness plan. Limit intake of beverages and food containing caffeine or alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics, as well as being bladder irritants, so they can increase your urge to urinate.
Avoid drinking too much right before sexual activity. That will reduce the amount of urine in your bladder. Medications that are often prescribed to treat incontinence include: