Do women who never gave birth have bladder leakage?
Yes, women who have never given birth can also experience leaks.
Incontinence is an extremely common condition that affects 25 million Americans every year. In fact, research shows that 25-45 percent of women have some degree of bladder leakage.
Incontinence is a symptom of other conditions as well as a side effect of medications, diet and nutrition, and lifestyle habits. Leaks are twice as common in women as in men due to factors like pregnancy and childbirth, weakening pelvic floor muscles, and hormonal changes.
Despite being so common, there are still a lot of misconceptions about incontinence. Many women mistakenly believe that it's a natural product of aging or an "old person's" condition. Yet 1 in 4 women over age 18 has experienced involuntary bladder leaks. Even young girls can experience incontinence during strenuous exercise.
In fact, two out of three women who experience bladder leakage don't use any treatment or product to manage their incontinence at all. But, with proper education and treatment, leaks shouldn't interfere with daily life.
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Source: Prevail eNurse Team.