I Pee a Little When I Cough

Bladder Campion
Bladder Campion (Photo credit: Inkysloth)

Yep, I said it.  I pee a little when I cough or sneeze.  Sometimes, I am wearing a liner so it’s not a big deal but other times, I’m not and then it’s more of an issue.  But why is this?  It’s actually something that both Lucy and I have mentioned recently so I decided to look into why this might be and what a person can do.  And why not turn it into a post at the same time, as I know we are not the only ones who have this issue.

Starting my search, I find a lot of pregnancy boards or questions from women who have children.  That’s all fine and dandy, it makes more sense when all those muscles have been stretched out  But what about someone like Lucy and I who have not had children and are in our mid 30’s?  I have not asked Lucy about the state of her vagina, I have been told mine is nice and tight, so it’s not like it is just losing liquid wherever it goes.

I headed over to WebMd which is my go to place for any medical questions.  The Internet is way too scary to go looking on just some random website for an answer.   I typed “urinating when coughing” as that sounds very technical and hit enter.

I got 49 results but many did not apply to me.  Many had to do with pregnancy, with being sick, a few had to do with men but I found a few that looked like they may contain some valuable information for me.


  • Overactive Bladder – Discussion of how to diagnose
  • Mixed Incontinence – Oohhh.. this sounds like the one!
  • Tension-Free Vaginal Tape for Stress Incontinence
  • How to Talk to your Doctor

What Can You Do:

the first thing is to determine what the problem is .  If it is something occasional, then it likely is something that you  have to live with..  But if it is more, then you should see your doctor.  Everything on the site suggests keeping a bladder journal, essentially, making notes whenever this happens as to what was going on, what the cause may have been, anything that you think may be relevant.  You can take this with you when you see the doctor.  From there, it depends.  The doctor may recommend testing or prescription medicine depending on the symptoms and the resolution.

Another recommendation he may make is to do kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles which can help.  If you are not sure what muscles this involves, go to the washroom and try to stop the flow of urine halfway through.  Once you know the feeling, do this exercise daily for five minutes.  Do not practice while urinating at this point though!   The great thing about kegels is that you can do them anywhere.  At your desk, doing dishes, watching a boring movie.

Hopefully you will get results and not have issues with peeing while you cough.  And a nice side effect, you will be able to control those muscles which can be beneficial when you are with your lover.  Give him a little squeeze and see how he reacts!

Learn more about Kegel Exercises on WebMd

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