“I want to know how to stop peeing when I cough” | Experts in Cincinnati answer this common patient concern

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Up to 35% of women leak urine when they cough, sneeze, laugh, or bend over. This common condition, called stress incontinence, can affect women of all ages. 

At Amy Brenner MD & Associates, patients often come to our office after hours of searching “how to stop peeing when I cough” on Google. If you leak urine when you cough, know you’re not alone. We are here to help you find a non-invasive bladder leakage treatment in Cincinnati so you can cough without fear of leaks. 

Why do I leak when I cough? 

The pelvic floor muscles are responsible for controlling the release of urine. However, these muscles can weaken after childbirth, illness, or high-impact activities. When these muscles become weak, they become less effective at holding in urine. 

When you cough, sneeze, laugh, or make a sudden movement, it causes an increase in pressure on the bladder. If your pelvic floor muscles are strong, an increase in pressure won’t result in leaks. But if your pelvic floor muscles are weak, increased pressure will cause urine to leak out. 

How do I stop peeing when I cough?

Fortunately, there are several treatment options for women dealing with stress incontinence. 

At Home: Kegel Exercises 

Many women start with kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. You will have more control over your bladder if these muscles become stronger. However, kegels are not a quick fix or easy solution. It takes time and dedication to build up muscular strength.

If you want a faster and easier solution, consider the following effective, non-invasive treatments we offer in Cincinnati. 

Professional treatments


O-Shot® is a treatment initially developed to treat sexual dysfunction in women. However, it was quickly discovered that O-Shot® can significantly improve stress urinary incontinence in patients.  

How does it work? 

The O-Shot® works through a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) serum taken from the patient’s own blood sample. When we inject this serum into the treatment area, the growth factors in PRP prompt new cell growth and tissue regeneration. This new tissue growth can help support the bladder and urethra, giving you more control over incontinence. 


Votiva is an FDA-cleared device that uses radio frequency to treat stress incontinence and female sexual dysfunction. 

How does it work? 

Votiva uses radio frequency that gently heats the vaginal and vulvar tissues to promote new collagen and elastin formation. Over time, this increases vulvar/vaginal tightness and strengthens the tissues that support your pelvic floor muscles and bladder control. 

Anyone can get Votiva, but for patients with vaginal atrophy, HRT from a hormone specialist near you might be necessary before internal treatment.  


Femilift® uses CO2 laser technology for vaginal rejuvenation. If you want drastic results from a bladder leakage treatment in Cincinnati, you can pair Femilift® with O-Shot®. 

How does it work?

Femilift® delivers controlled CO2 energy to the vagina to stimulate collagen formation and remodel the tissue. This new, stronger tissue helps support the base of the bladder to reduce leaks. It can treat both internal and external areas in as little as 10-15 minutes!

What are the benefits? 

Benefits of Femilift® include: 

  • Relief from stress urinary incontinence
  • Improved lubrication
  • Improved vaginal tone and elasticity
  • Decreased pain during intercourse

In-office surgery option

Bladder sling surgery

Sling surgery is the most common surgery to treat urinary stress incontinence. 

How does it work?

Sling procedures use synthetic mesh to create a sling, similar to a hammock. The sling supports the urethra to stay closed when there is pressure on the bladder. Sling surgery requires anesthesia for one small vaginal incision, but the procedure only takes a few minutes to complete in total. 

Benefits of bladder sling: 

  • Treats urinary incontinence quickly
  • Highly effective in most cases
  • Less invasive than other surgical urinary incontinence treatments 

Visit Amy Brenner, MD & Associates and cough without fear of leaks! 

Patients from all over the country visit us for expert, transformative wellness services. We always work hard to create a personalized treatment plan for your needs. If you are tired of searching for solutions to “how to stop peeing when I cough,” our team of experts is here to help you find a solution. 

Get started today by using our virtual consultation tool or by scheduling an appointment online