Urinary Incontinence

An image of a bladder with urine in it J. S. Choi, MD, CC-BY-4.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Urinary incontinence affects twice as many people with uteruses as people without. This is because reproductive health events like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause affect the bladder, urethra, and other muscles that support these organs. Urinary incontinence can happen at any age, but it is more common as we grow older. In fact, more than four in ten women sixty-five and older have urinary incontinence. Yet, it can be treated.

“Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, or leaking urine…Women have unique health events, such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, that may affect the urinary tract and the surrounding muscles…This extra stress or pressure on the bladder and urethra can cause urinary incontinence or leakage.”