Gynecologic Health

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Is urinary incontinence just a woman’s issue?

Premier Health’s Dr. Jerome Yaklic discusses urinary incontinence among women. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

Urinary incontinence is not just a woman’s health issue. Millions of men experience urinary incontinence as well—up to 30% of men have overactive bladder (OAB) alone, according to the Urology Care Foundation. However, as Dr. Yaklic points out, most men experience urinary incontinence as a result of prostate problems and/or cancer. Women, on the other hand, experience urinary incontinence more frequently as a result of life events, such as:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause

Carrying and delivering children can weaken pelvic floor muscles, even possibly damage pelvic nerves. Loss of muscle and/or nerve function to the bladder makes urine leakage a common problem, one that increases with the number of children a woman has. According to The Office on Women’s Health, the loss of estrogen during menopause is believed to result in weakened vaginal and urethral tissue, also contributing to urine leakage.

To learn more about urinary incontinence and how it relates to women’s health, talk to 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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