Pee A Little When You Sneeze? It’s No Laughing Matter

By Shannon Gurnee
In Health
November 8, 2019

Today, on Redhead Mom, we’re sharing a sponsored guest post.

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Sneezing is your body’s automatic response to outside irritants entering your nose or throat; substances like pollen aren’t naturally supposed to enter your body, so they’re taken care of with a simple sneeze.

Laughing is your body’s way of communicating that something was funny; it could have been a joke, a statement, a look, etc. When we laugh, we feel good. We feel relaxed, at ease.

So what is it that these two actions have in common?

Over 20 million women in the United States are dealing with urinary incontinence health problems, right now. Some of those women have a hard time controlling their bladder when they sneeze, and some of them find it difficult to hold back their urine leakage when they laugh.

A sneeze or a laugh will come, and so will the leakage. It’s uncomfortable, yet many of those women don’t do anything about it.

If you’re living with UI, you should do two things:

  1. Educate yourself
  2. Treat your UI


Educate Yourself

Do you know what causes urinary incontinence?

Women with weakened pelvic floor muscles often experience stress-related or urgent urinary incontinence. Stress-related UI happens when you sneeze, laugh, perform any sort of physical activity, or exert yourself too much. Urgent UI makes it difficult to hold the urine in, and it comes on rather quickly. If both stress-related UI and urgent UI are affecting your bladder health, you may experience the symptoms together.

Typically, urinary incontinence is the result of pregnancy, menopause, and aging. If you’ve undergone hysterectomy procedures or if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you may start to experience symptoms of UI.

Unsure if you suffer from UI? You may want to head over to Here you can rate your symptoms and take a free quiz to access your potential condition.

Treat UI

Many women in America are currently facing problems associated with urinary incontinence, and most of them don’t know what route to take for treatment. Pads and diapers are available for purchase to catch the leakage when it happens, but there are better ways to help improve your bladder health.

What can you do to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and minimize your UI symptoms?

The traditional method of treatment would be to visit a physical therapists’ or occupational therapists’ office. He or she will be there to guide you through the proper techniques you’ll need to do to strengthen your pelvic floor.

If you know how to do kegel exercises already, you won’t have to visit a medical professional to guide you along the right path. However, many women think they’re performing the necessary exercises correctly, and often times, that’s not the case. Checking in with your doctor or physical therapist or occupational therapist like this Occupational Therapist in Calgary is still a good idea.

A new FDA-approved digital health therapeutic device can also help alleviate urinary incontinence symptoms. leva, the intravaginal accelerometer-based device is prescription-only, but it will help you achieve your goals.

The digital health therapeutic detects real-time pelvic floor muscle movements and mirror them back at you, so that you can visually see if you’re performing the kegel techniques correctly. If you use it twice a day for approximately 2 ½ minutes each time, you’ll be strengthening those pelvic floor muscles in as little as six weeks.

Educate yourself about leva as a UI treatment at


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

2 Responses to “Pee A Little When You Sneeze? It’s No Laughing Matter”

  1. Vickie L Couturier says:

    yes this happens to me a lot,,

  2. It’s good to know that weak pelvic floor muscles can cause both stress-related and urgent UI. My sister told me she’s been struggling with UI when coughing or sneezing every since she had her first child earlier this year. I’ll have to share this info so she’s more informed about the issue and can consider starting pelvic floor physical therapy treatment.

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