Urinary Leakage Isn’t a Normal Part of Aging

Managing incontinence without surgery
Urinary Leakage Is Not a Normal Part of Aging (Video)

By: Holly L. Thacker, MD

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One in three women can involuntarily leak urine. This is not normal, and it’s not a normal part of aging. The good news is that this problem can be treated.

Recently, new medical guidelines published by the American College of Physicians state that medical management should be a first-line treatment for leaky bladders.

Some women have stress incontinence (experience leakage when they cough, jump, laugh or sneeze) and others have overactive incontinence (feel the need to urinate all the time and can’t control their bladder). Some women have both conditions.

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Prolapse can also push the bladder down and may require a hysterectomy. Having multiple children, large babies, pelvic trauma, smoking, weight gain and constipation can all push the bladder down.

There are many things you can do:

If your pelvic floor is weak, there are exercises and devices that can strengthen the pelvic floor or relax an overactive bladder.

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It’s important to see your doctor to be examined for any bladder issues to be sure the problem is not related to pelvic masses or other conditions.

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