OK, ladies. Here’s the truth. You’re not the only one out there! One in three adult women are affected by urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. Knowing that and understanding that you’re in good company is the first step to living better with bladder leaks.
Here’s the next step: understand the issue! On its most basic level, incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine, but there are different kinds of incontinence. Incontinence affects different women in different ways for many different reasons.
Incontinence can be caused by anything from pregnancy to menopause, strenuous physical activities or even a medical condition. Here are the common types. Which one sounds most like you?
When you have a strong need to urinate but can't reach the toilet in time — it can happen to anyone at any age.
When you experience bladder leaks while coughing, sneezing or laughing — it is even more common in younger rather than older women – mostly caused by pregnancy.
A combination of both urge and stress incontinence symptoms.
Don’t Stop Here
To understand your own personal incontinence issue as best as possible, talk to your doctor. You should never feel embarrassed about bringing it up. The conversation will be worth it! Your doctor may be able to cure it, treat it or at least help you manage bladder leaks better. Follow these tips to make the most of the conversation with your doctor.