Are there any sports I should avoid if I suffer from incontinence?
Urinary incontinence means an "involuntary loss of urine" and is a common problem in the female population, with prevalence rates that range between 10% and 55% in women aged between 15 and 64 years. The most frequent form of urinary incontinence in women is stress urinary incontinence.
Regular physical activity is essential to follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid stressful situations or weight gain, which is one of the causes of incontinence.
However, some sports weaken the pelvic floor muscles more than others, and those, therefore, should be avoided or practiced with the right precautions.
For example, all sports that involve jumping with legs apart, such as basketball, volleyball, high impact aerobics and some types of dance. But also activities where the muscles of the abdomen are used a lot, such as athletics and weight lifting.
For men, cycling or horse riding is not recommended, and more generally all sports that can stimulate the prostate.
In any case, it is good to consult your doctor to evaluate together with him what is the most suitable physical activity for you, based on your habits and the type of incontinence.