June 2003, The Canadian Women's Health Network
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"I Laughed So Hard I Peed My Pants!" : A Woman's Essential Guide for Improved Bladder Control
IPPC–Incontinence & Pelvic Pain Clinic
By Alex Merrill, Health Educator
Urinary incontinence (UI) is one of those prevalent conditions that people joke about, as in this book's title. But loss of bladder control isn't very funny. UI can cause women to avoid laughing for fear of losing control, or lead to chronic sleeping deprivation from waking up hourly to pee. It can even confine them to their homes for fear of losing control in public. "I laughed so hard I peed my pants!" is an easy to follow self-help guide to UI, written by Winnipeg physiotherapist Kelli Berzuk. |
|With clear illustrations and straightforward prose, Berzuk explains the physiology of bladder control, and presents a step-by step approach to preventing and treating UI. While she stresses that prevention is important, there is plenty of hope for women who already suffer UI. Many women can significantly improve their control by doing pelvic floor exercises and avoiding bladder irritants in their diet. Berzuk's book will be a useful guide for any woman seeking to understand and deal with this issue.
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