Dr. Nita Landry From ‘The Doctors’ Reveals How to Reduce That One Embarrassing Thing Many Women Experience

Have you ever laughed so hard that you accidentally leaked a little (or a lot) of urine? While most women joke about incontinence or simply ignore it, it is a problem that many women face.

Dr. Nita Landry from The Doctors says at least one in three women will experience some form of incontinence, which can be pretty embarrassing. But Landry insists a little leakage isn’t something to be ashamed of and should be discussed with a woman’s healthcare provider.

Dr. Nita Landry
Dr. Nita Landry | Leon Bennett/WireImage

“When we look at incontinence there are different types,” she told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “For example, one in three women will suffer from stress urinary incontinence. Basically that’s when the pelvic floor muscles aren’t strong enough to support your bladder or other pelvic structures. And as a result, when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or even stand up, have sex or do anything that’s going to put pressure on those muscles, they get unintentional leakage of urine.”

What are some of the causes?

Approximately four in 10 women experience incontinence during pregnancy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “During pregnancy, as your unborn baby grows, he or she pushes down on your bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles. Over time, this pressure may weaken the pelvic floor muscles and lead to leaks or problems passing urine,” according to the site.

Menopause can also be a culprit too. Dropping estrogen hormone levels can weaken the urethra, which can cause leakage. But stress can also be a factor. Landry notes that stress incontinence occurs with movement or activity.

While stress incontinence may occur after childbirth, men can also experience incontinence after prostate surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic. Being overweight and advancing age can be contributing factors too.

A workout for your pelvic floor?

Landry says that women should think of the pelvic floor muscles the same way they do their biceps or quads. “If you think about it, you go to the gym to work out your biceps,” she remarks. “Or you go to the gym to work out your legs because they are muscles.”

“Those pelvic muscles are muscles and if you don’t work them out that’s when you run into an issue where you may start to have incontinence,” she says. Landry notes that many people may have heard of Kegel exercises but doing them the right way is key.

“With Kegels, those are great,” she exclaims. “But they can be hard to do. You can see if someone is flexing their biceps correctly but it’s hard to say am I really doing these Kegel exercises right? Sometimes people say they do them all day long. Meanwhile, they’re flexing their abdominal muscles or their bottom muscles.” The Mayo Clinic offers a description of the correct way to do Kegel exercises.

How to know if you are doing Kegels right

Landry says if Kegel exercises aren’t done consistently or correctly they won’t provide the desired results. However, she says a new product on the market can be a game-changer.

She shared that Innovo, which resembles a pair of bike shorts, can strengthen that muscle. The shorts are a non-invasive, FDA-approved approach to resolve urinary incontinence. According to Innovo, 80% of users experienced significant improvement within four weeks and 87% were dry or nearly dry after three months of use.

“That’s what’s so great about Innovo becausae you just have these shorts on,” Landry explains.  “You have a 30-minute session and you get 180 perfect and complete pelvic floor contractions.”