Peezing, the term to describe peeing at the same time as you sneeze. If you are a peezer, you are not alone. Peezing can happen during any type of physical movement including coughing, sneezing, jumping or running. These types of activities put pressure on your bladder. Peezing is a symptom of stress incontinence and is common among women, especially after childbirth.
Urinary incontinence is when undesired urine leaks and those with urinary incontinence tend to have issues with holding their urine and being to start peeing. Urinary incontinence involves the muscles of the pelvic floor. The bottom of the pelvic bone you will find muscles that are attached and run front to back to form a hammock. This hammock structure lifts to support the internal organs and control the sphincter muscles. The pelvic-floor muscles also help stabilize the pelvic bones, support the lower back and help with sexual function.
There are several different types of urinary continence:
- Stress Incontinence
- Urge Incontinence
- Mixed Incontinence
- Functional Incontinence
- Urinary Frequency
Stress Incontinence occurs when there is increased pressure placed on the bladder and the pelvic-floor muscles are not strong enough to control or maintain continence. The urethra is surrounded by the pelvic floor muscles to help keep the urethra closed during times when pressure is placed on the bladder. When the pelvic-floor muscles are weak or lack support stress incontinence can occur. Individual who experience stress incontinence leak urine during a physical activity, such as playing a sport, or simply laughing or sneezing. This is when peezing occurs. Stress incontinence is often the result of pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction and can occur because of the following:
- After pregnancy and childbirth
- Pregnancy and labor puts stress and/or pressure on the bladder which may result in trauma to the pelvic-floor muscles
- Injury or trauma, such as a pelvic fracture
- Episiotomy (a surgical procedure sometimes used to ease childbirth)
- Surgery in the vagina or rectum
- Inflammation, such as cystitis
- Lack of exercise, or a sedentary lifestyle
At Oklahoma Physical Therapy, our women’s health specialist, Dr. Mackenzie Barnes, will partner with you to create a customized treatment plan. Each treatment session with Dr. Barnes is 60 minutes and includes a detailed evaluation of symptoms and medical history. She will also spend time with you discussing and educating on pain or muscles involved and how Physical therapy is going to help you.
Contact Oklahoma Physical Therapy at 405-749-6281 or visit our website at www.oklahomaphysicaltherapy.com/make-appointment/ today to set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Barnes to create the best treatment plan for you that will allow you to enjoy your daily activities with less peezing.