Why Can People Laugh Till They Wet Their Pants

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laughing peeWhile sneezing or laughing, a person can involuntarily urinate or pee in their pants. Probably not much, but it will be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Is it normal if this often happens?

Although fairly common, it does not mean peeing while laughing is a natural thing. This condition is called urinary stress incontinence, which is the inability to hold urine due to pressure around the bladder.

This pressure can be triggered by a contraction during activity. Starting from heavy activities like exercising or lifting something, until the lighter activities, like sneezing and laughing.

Normally, the muscles around the pelvis will help control the bladder to control urine. The muscle will keep the bladder to not ‘leak’ although under pressure during activities.

However, in certain conditions, these muscles become weaker so it can not work properly. In women, pregnancy and postpartum conditions are some of them.

Surgery in the abdomen and pelvis can also cause stress incontinence in women. Additionally, hormonal changes during menopause also can weaken the pelvic muscles around the bladder.

Men relatively less frequently experience stress incontinence, but that does not mean it never happens. Generally it is only experienced by men who had just had surgery on the prostate gland.

Meanwhile, to handle it, some way could be done either by men or women. Among these are Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles, exercises of holding urine and maintain weight to reduce pressure on the bladder.

How to do initial Kegel Exercise

The easy Kegel exercise technique to do is to contract the muscles as if you are holding to urine for 5 seconds, then relax. Continue to repeat the exercise at least five times in succession with increasing length of time to hold urine 15-20 seconds.

This exercise is relatively easy because it can be done anytime and only takes a few minutes. Exercises can be done in the office chair, while sitting, walking, standing, or lying down.

Source: MSN

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