Leaking pee

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Leaking pee

When we wet ourselves it makes us feel sad and shamed.

Things that can make us leak:

  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • laughing
  • grog (too much)
  • drinks that have caffeine, like tea, coffee, fizzy drinks or energy drinks
  • being overweight (the tummy presses down on the pee bag)
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  • Being pregnant and having babies
  • Getting older
  • going to the toilet too often so the bladder (pee bag) will not hold much pee, or
  • hard poo (constipation) can make you push hard to get the poo out – this will hurt the pelvic floor muscles that hold up the bladder and the bowel (back passage). If these muscles are weak, they can’t keep the pee and poo in.
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Things you can do to help stop leaking

  • Have less caffeine drinks that upset the bladder. They make us rush to the toilet. We might leak on the way.
  • Try and lose weight.
  • Train the muscles that hold up the bladder and bowel (pelvic floor muscles) to make them strong. You could ask your health worker, nurse, physiotherapist or doctor about this special training.
  • Teach your bladder to hang on as long as you can before having a pee.
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  • Keep your poo soft by eating lots of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains.
  • Try to drink 6 mugs of water a day to fill your bladder.
  • Talk to the nurse about a cream to use if you are older.

Ask for help:

  • if you have any leaking
  • if there is pain
  • if you have problems doing a pee, or
  • if you get up a lot at night to pee.
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Talk to your health worker, nurse or doctor

Who can help?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service
  • Health workers
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • National Continence Helpline Freecall™ 1800 33 00 66
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This series of brochures has been developed by the Continence Foundation of Australia and funded under
the Australian Government’s National Continence Management Strategy.

Indigenous artwork created by Georgina Altona and Warwick Keen.
Other illustrations by JAT Illustrational and Fusebox Design.

© 2010

www.health.gov.au

All information in this publication is correct as at August 2012