Difficulties with the bladder are common and begin to occur in women in their 30s and 40s, and continue to worsen with age. As women in the US and worldwide live longer, healthier, and more active lives, Urinary Incontinence (UI) will affect an increasing number of them impacting lifestyles into their 80s and beyond. Despite being and feeling otherwise healthy, the bladder and its opening (the urethra) may weaken and age sooner than you feel it should, leading to UI. This leads to two types of common but treatable forms of UI. Many normal life-cycle events such as birth and menopause can lead to and worsen UI. The aging process itself on the body in advanced age puts stresses on the bladder and can worsen UI that may be only mild and not very bothersome. Even undiagnosed medical conditions or treatments for common diseases can lead to UI that is easily reversible.
Did you know that when asked in surveys, 37% of women will report leaking urine during the day or night just within an average month? When asked, only 24% talked to their physician within the past year about it. Coping strategies such as pads can become expensive, and constantly locating a toilet or avoiding fluids can become tiresome and frustrating.