For Sharon Beeching, 51, running is like meditation — her time to get away and clear her mind. But, two years ago, she noticed an uncomfortable change in her body. With every warm-up jumping jack and running stride, she would sense urine leakage.
Beeching doesn’t listen to music as she runs, preferring the sound of nature to allow her to unwind and gain perspective. However, the running that was supposed to be her stress-reliever was making her feel worried and self-conscious.
“I felt so uncomfortable. I couldn’t stop thinking about it the whole time I was running,” says Beeching. “Leakage was the elephant in the room, I didn’t really want to talk about it at first.”
In order to continue running four times a week and participate in community races, she began relying on sanitary napkins. But, she still couldn’t completely relax.
Urinary incontinence is a common condition among women. In fact, 85 percent of all such cases are among women. Factors such as multiple childbirths, menopause, diabetes and neurologic diseases or injuries, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s, can lead to the development of this condition.
Taking the First Step Toward Relief
After several months of embarrassment, Beeching decided… Read More »