Hi Dave and thanks for your quick response. My stress incontinence causes me to leak a little, infrequently, when I exert or cough etc, and more frequently when I am tired. It isn't normally a problem when I am sitting, only when I am standing or moving around. I can control it to some extent if I tense up in advance of exerting, coughing, sneezing etc! I generally manage on one or two light (Tena level 1) pads a day.
I am almost 62 and retired now, but like to be physically active - jogging, walking, cycling and general working around the house. I find that hill walking causes the most leakage usually when I am on the way back down, when I am tired, so I wear a heavier duty (level 3) pad for that!! I would like to play some golf but have found that hitting the ball in the driving range causes me to leak a bit, so I haven't yet gone out on the course.
I was contacted this morning by Steve, a volunteer, who had the artificial sphincter (AUS) fitted. His incontinence sounded more severe than mine, and the AUS has worked well for him, but he was advised that cycling could cause damage to the device. I would definitely not like to have to give up cycling, so the AUS may not be for me.
Cheers , Colin