Understanding and treating incontinence

Last month’s column on pelvic health received so much positive feedback that I’m following up with a look at a common, related topic: bladder leakage.

You sneeze, jump, laugh or cough, and suddenly you feel a small amount of urine leak out. Sound familiar? First, there is no need to be embarrassed. Bladder incontinence affects millions of women of all ages, especially pregnant and postpartum ones. A recent study revealed that more than 10 percent of women between the ages of 19 and 30 experience unintentional leaking of the bladder. Prevalence peaks around menopause, and it still remains a common problem among women over 60.

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