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    Prior to September 2021, I had not hiked in a few years. So, it came as a surprise to me that now, on any hike, even a day hike, my bladder is leaking. It only leaks while hiking (so far anyway, but I'm sure I have more fun in this area to look forward too!), but not while running (which is around 40 min and increasing), walking my dog (which is 30 min or less each time), mountain biking, kayaking...nothing but hiking. When this happens in real life, I guess I can start using pee pads, but I don't see this as a viable option while hiking, as I sweat ridiculously and a pad would never stay there, thus my problem of a wet crotch would continue. Any help?

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    I sympathize. You're not alone. I'm in my 7th week of recovery from pelvic surgery. Since my symptoms didn't quite line up with yours, I can't tell you how to cope. A little googling suggested using tampons to provide some support to the tissues, and some absorption. I have my doubts. I've never done any mountain biking or kayaking. Seems like the biking in particular would give your pelvic floor a lot of support, and the kayaking perhaps also (since you're sitting/kneeling). Maybe that's why you don't experience the leaking with those activities? But then there's running, which is pretty similar to hiking. That's puzzling why you'd have no leaking while running ... maybe you're body is more tensed?

    Your gynecologist should be able to provide you with some understanding of your specific condition, its cause, and possible ways to correct it. Or he/she can refer you to a specialist, if that's warranted.

    I don't believe you should accept urinary incontinence as a "normal part of aging." Common it may be, but normal it is not! Consult Dr. Google to learn what the generic advice is (limit fluid intake, limit coffee, check prescription side effects, use pee pads, etc), but don't let medical professionals brush you off with generic advice. Pee pads aren't much of a solution.

    Good luck!

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    Are you wearing a pack with a hip belt perhaps to tight on the bladder. And kegel exercises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerve View Post
    Prior to September 2021, I had not hiked in a few years. So, it came as a surprise to me that now, on any hike, even a day hike, my bladder is leaking. It only leaks while hiking (so far anyway, but I'm sure I have more fun in this area to look forward too!), but not while running (which is around 40 min and increasing), walking my dog (which is 30 min or less each time), mountain biking, kayaking...nothing but hiking. When this happens in real life, I guess I can start using pee pads, but I don't see this as a viable option while hiking, as I sweat ridiculously and a pad would never stay there, thus my problem of a wet crotch would continue. Any help?
    If this is an issue only while hiking and not running or other activities then it doesn't sound like stress incontinence but something else, maybe behavioral? Do you pee when sneezing or coughing? If not, I would take a close look at your habits while hiking…i.e. do you “hold it” for long periods because you don’t like to pee outside or some other behavior that only manifests during hiking?

    Physical therapy is an option. Maybe you just need to strengthen your glutes and hamstrings or lighten your pack.

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    You should look for a good female urologist. Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find one, but you can, and should. A gynocologist does not deal with this issue, and a urologist does. A female urologist would be of more help, probably, and you might feel more comfortable talking to her. There are devices to help with this that can be "worn" as it is, and are removable, there is physical therapy, and there is surgery. She could help you decide which option is best for you. It is an issue of "old age," (and a combination of several other things too) but it doesn't have to be the one that keeps you from doing the things you enjoy. And "old age" is just a number. . . until you don't get help for the issue at hand. I believe that if you have a problem, you go out and look for a solution. . . like if you had a problem on the trail, you'd find another way around it. Don't let this keep you at home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNI64 View Post
    Are you wearing a pack with a hip belt perhaps to tight on the bladder. And kegel exercises.
    This seems to be not a girls-only issue.
    I'm male at an age where men start to develope prostate issues and while its far from actual leaking, when hiking I have to releave myself way more often than I would have to living back home.
    I came to the conclusion that the tight hip belt does apply pressure to the bladder, reducing its free capacity and, just my guess, the rhytmic movement of the pressure while hiking works like a massage to the bladder which induces the urge to pee.

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    I do think my hipbelt contributes....there's more pressure when going downhill which seems to make things worse. I did end up on the ground on my mountain bike yesterday and had leakage sometime during that "wreck", too, but nicely I do wear padded bike shorts underneath my baggie ones so at least no one but me knows what happened! I have my physical in January, so I guess this will one (of several) topics of discussion. I guess there are worse things, but I'm beginning to feel a little apprehensive in doing things while this is going on.

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    A bike wreck is enough to scare the pee out of anybody.
    Best of luck with everything!

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    All the best!
    On the positive side, I find hiking out in nature makes it much easier to take a leak anytime the need arises than it would be in civilisation.

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    Wow. Yeah. I don't think age matters. It is more common in older individuals, but that does not mean young women don't suffer as well. I know a verry young women that started having this issue after birthing her son.

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