Is incontinence normal?

Premier Health’s Dr. Jerome Yaklic discusses urinary incontinence, a common women’s health issue. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

According to Urology Care Foundation, urinary incontinence affects millions of Americans. More than 33 million men and women have overactive bladder (OAB) alone.

There are a number of risk factors associated with urinary incontinence, some that affect men and women alike, and some that affect only men or women. Risk factors that affect everyone include:

  • Increased age
  • Poor overall health
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Prostate problems increase the incidence of urinary incontinence in men. In women, urinary incontinence may result from:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth (vaginal or cesarean section delivery)
  • Menopause

UI experienced during pregnancy is more likely to persist after delivery, and the chances of experiencing urinary incontinence increase with each pregnancy and delivery.

As. Dr. Yaklic points out, while urinary incontinence is a common issue, it need not be considered a normal part of getting older or having children. If symptoms affect your lifestyle, there are a number of non-surgical treatments that can improve bladder control.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about treatments available for urinary incontinence.

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