Urinary Incontinence - Giggle Incontinence

Mature woman experiencing laughter leaks from giggling

Giggle incontinence (also known as laughter leaks) is the sudden and involuntary leak or complete emptying of the bladder, brought on by laughter. It is one of the least studied forms of urinary incontinence, and is associated with otherwise normal bladder function.

Giggle incontinence is commonly associated with children that have not yet learnt to control their bladder. However it can affect men and women of all ages.

Symptoms of Giggle Urinary Incontinence

You may be experiencing giggle incontinence if you leak, or completely empty your bladder when you laugh.

It is often mistaken as a symptom of stress incontinence. It should not be considered as such, however, as it will not occur when you cough or sneeze.

Causes of Giggle Urinary Incontinence

You will experience giggle incontinence if you are unable to keep the muscles of your bladder relaxed when you laugh. The causes of giggle incontinence are not clear, studies suggest that it may be hereditary and you can be trained to stop it.

To read more about the causes, and the events that can lead to you developing any form of urinary incontinence, visit the Causes and Types page.

How to Stop Giggle Urinary Incontinence

The treatments most successful in treating giggle incontinence are conservative therapy's, that require no surgical intervention:

  • Urotherapy - This is a preferred treatment for children as, if successful, it avoids the need for any medication or surgery. Urotherapy educates the individual on how the bladder works, advises on the best posture for emptying your bladder, what you can do to go at suitable intervals, and prevent constipation. Bladder diaries and frequency/volume charts can be used as part of this therapy. Find a Bladder Diary here.

  • Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises - As with all forms of incontinence, the pelvic floor needs to be kept strong and healthy in order to have control over your bladder and bowel movements. To learn more about Kegels for Women and Pelvic Floor Exercises for Men click on the links. If you find that with manual Kegels you are struggling to do them 3 times a day for 15 min (fast and slow twitch exercises) you may want to go electronic and use Kegel8's Ultra 20 for women or V for Men.

  • Biofeedback therapy (this is often executed with the aid of a Physiotherapist that specialises in men's/women's pelvic health using a Biofeedback Pelvic Trainer) - Biofeedback therapy aims to increase the patients awareness of the pelvic floor muscles and urethral sphincter. This may be with timed voiding and, when used alongside pelvic floor exercises, can see great improvements in bladder function.

  • Medication - Studies suggest the use of medication is not a suitable treatment for giggle incontinence. Due to the impact of the side effects dismissing the small benefits reported.

To read about available treatments for general urinary incontinence, visit our incontinence treatment page.


Original article: Kegel8 website

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