What specific concerns for incontinence are there for women?
Incontinence is an extremely common condition that affects 25 million Americans every year. Of those people, 75-80% are women.
Incontinence can be 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. But 1 in 4 women over age 18 have experienced involuntary bladder leaks. Even young girls can experience incontinence during strenuous exercise.
On average, women typically wait 6.5 years after first experiencing symptoms to seek a diagnosis. That's an incredibly long time to go without feeling like yourself.
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.
Here's a link to more information on causes of incontinence for women.
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Source: Prevail eNurse Team.
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