One of the groups I’m a member of is the Run Mummy Run Community. It’s so lovely to see the stories of achievement and all of the encouragement and sisterhood in this active online community.
But something that’s come up a few times on there now is the issue of leaking when running. It seems to be something that a lot of the women in there have experienced. And I’m sure those who are willing to talk about the issue are just the tip of the iceberg.
But what I’ve also notices is that there is quite a bit of acceptance of this issue – there is, of course, a lot of empathy, understanding and good advice, but that’s also mixed in with the advice to wear a tena lady and carry on, or have an operation. Which seems to come about because women don’t realise there is help out there.
I’ve had women come to me on many occasions who either say ‘oh it’s only a bit of leaking, its not a problem’, or they’ve been to a doctor who has either told them it’s normal after having a baby, or have jumped straight to talking about surgery without talking about the less invasive options that exist well before going through a risky procedure.
Either way, any leaking is a sign that something’s not quite functioning as it should, and it’s definitely not okay that women should have to put up with it. It won’t get better by itself, and there’s a decent chance that things will get worse with age – particularly around the menopause.
So, if you’re leaking, even just a little bit, what should you do?
- First, know that there are solutions out there. Don’t bury your head under the sand and hope it will go away.
- Visit your doctor – don’t accept being brushed off and push for a referral to a Women’s Health Physio.
- Failing that, visit a physio privately – ideally a physio that does the Mummy MOT.
- Consider a Holistic Core Restore Programme, such as the ones I offer, to help you heal your pelvic floor with focused, functional movement that will help you get back to doing the things you love leak free
As always, please contact me to discuss any of this – whether or not you decide to work with me, I am ALWAYS more than happy to advise and point women in the right direction.