In the September issue of Woman’s Day, on newsstands August 2nd, the magazine gets personal with “Hey Doc, Can You Keep A Secret?” unveiling the questions we are too embarrassed to ask our doctors, but really need the answers too. From loosing hair to bad breath…Woman’s Day covers it all.
One reader asks:
Sometimes I pee a little when I laugh or run, but I don’t want to take medication. Should I even bother mentioning this to my doctor?
What the doctor says:
Absolutely, says ob-gyn Lissa Rankin, MD, author of What’s Up Down There? And in fact, medication doesn’t work for stress incontinence, which is what you’re describing. Stress incontinence—the most common form of incontinence in women, as it often occurs post-pregnancy when the muscles and connective tissue around the bladder and urethra weaken or stretch out—is prompted by laughing, coughing, exercise or other physical exertion. (Increased or sudden pressure on the bladder forces urine out.)
To find out more about what readers are asking and doctors are saying, pick up Woman’s Day hitting newsstands September 2.