Do you know where all the restrooms are in your favourite mall?
Do you pee when you laugh or sneeze? You’re not the only one! It’s just that no one talks about it.
Up to 50% of midlife women have urinary incontinence and only less than half seek medical help due to embarrassment or the false belief that there’s nothing they can do about it.
Bladder control issues are more common with age.
During menopause, decreased estrogen can cause thinning of the lining of the urethra. With aging the pelvic muscles surrounding the bladder (pelvic floor) may weaken and as a result women are at increased risk for urinary incontinence. There are two types of incontinence, stress (the “when you laugh and pee” type) or urge (“I’ve got to go now” type), and several ways to treat them.
Lifestyle changes (limiting caffeine, strengthening pelvic muscles, training the bladder), medications, and devices are some of the treatments available.