Why am I Peeing When Coughing? The Top Reasons

When you cough, it might cause incontinence or bladder leakage. If you do experience peeing when coughing, you are not alone, it is very common. 

You may be peeing while coughing because of a variety of factors. Making some lifestyle changes may help you better manage this condition.

Why Do I Pee When I Cough?

The number of people who are peeing while coughing, sneezing or performing other activities such as jumping or laughing may surprise you. 

This is known as stress incontinence or the loss of bladder control, when you have an unexpected release of urine. Urine leaks occur when there is pressure placed on the bladder, which is caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising. The nerves that control the bladder may have weakened and you may benefit from practicing pelvic floor exercises or Kegel exercises to regain some strength. There are also other forms of incontinence, though stress incontinence is the main reason why you pee when you sneeze. 

Usually, this type of incontinence happens after you give birth and/or as you age. However, there are various types of incontinence and other people can also suffer from it. 

1. Childbirth

pregnancy and incontinenceAs a result, incontinence happens after childbirth, which can last for weeks or months, until such time your pelvic floor muscles recover. This is the most common cause of incontinence, and 1/3 of women experience this postpartum symptom. During pregnancy and childbirth, your tissues and nerves may get damaged as you deliver your little one. Combine the tissue and never damage with the hormonal change, it can weaken your pelvic floor muscles.

2. Surgery

For males, a common factor is a surgery, particularly prostate surgery or hysterectomy surgery. This is because either procedure can weaken the sphincter, bladder, and/or urethra.

Because of these parts of your body weakening, you develop stress incontinence. It’s best to speak with your doctor regarding the side effects of surgery and to immediately contact them for remedies if you experience incontinence after recovery. 

3. Your Bodyweight

If you struggle with being overweight or having obesity, you may be at a higher risk of stress incontinence. This is because the extra weight increases the pressure that's placed on your abdominal and pelvic organs, particularly the pelvic floor muscles.

If you are planning to lose weight, you will need to begin following a healthy diet and regularly exercising, especially performing workouts that focus on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. 

4. Your Age

Age often affects the way your body functions and it puts you more at risk for developing serious health conditions or disease. Although age doesn’t directly result in incontinence, though it does result in physical and hormonal changes. 

Because of all these changes, it weakens your muscles, creating an environment for incontinence to occur. That’s why you need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise, as well as take any vitamins and supplements that help prevent diseases and the weakening of muscles. 

5. Performing High-Impact Activities

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When you perform high-impact activities like running or jumping, it impacts your bladder throughout the years. It may then cause stress incontinence.

I’m not recommending you to stop high-impact exercises like these completely, but rather lessen it and focus on other strength exercises as well. Pelvic floor exercises are also highly recommended for stress incontinence.





There are other reasons why you may pee when you cough, but these are the most common ones. When you do experience the symptoms, do visit a doctor to have it checked and see if it can be remedied. Sometimes, you may have to undergo surgery or make lifestyle changes as it may be a long-term problem. 

Either way, stress incontinence is NOTHING to be ashamed of and there are remedies you can follow to either live with it efficiently or stop the symptoms. 

There are many ways to manage your incontinence or deal with it on a daily basis, but we must work together to normalize talking about it! It's happening to more people than you'd expect and you can manage it in many ways!

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