Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

Are there factors that increase a woman’s risk for incontinence?

Physician Assistant Elyse Weber discusses factors that can increase a woman’s risk for incontinence. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There are a variety of factors that can increase your risk for urinary incontinence, according to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), an office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Women are twice as likely as men to experience urinary incontinence. Some factors that affect only women make it more likely we will have urinary incontinence, according to the OWH. Those include:

  • Childbirth – After giving birth, many of us leak because labor and vaginal birth weaken our pelvic floor support and damage nerves that control the bladder.
  • Menopause – For some women, bladder control problems start after they stop having periods. Our bodies stop making estrogen, which some experts believe weakens urethral tissue
  • Pregnancy – Growing babies push against our bladders, urethras, and pelvic floor muscles. The pressure can weaken our pelvic floor support, which leads to bladder leakage.

Other factors that can lead to urinary incontinence in both women and men, according to the OWH, include:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Constipation
  • Excess weight
  • Infection
  • Medicines
  • Nerve damage

For more information about factors that can cause an increased risk of urinary incontinence in women, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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