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Light Bladder Leakage

Light Bladder Leakage, also called incontinence, affects over 16 million women of all ages. It can happen when you laugh, when you sneeze or when you exercise. Light Bladder Leakage can be short-term or chronic, and often begins after pregnancy or with weight gain.

You may think bladder control problems are something that happen when you get older. The truth is that women of all ages have urine leakage. Men leak urine too, but the problem is more common in women.

    • Many women leak urine when they exercise, laugh hard, cough, or        sneeze.
    • Often women leak urine when they are pregnant or after they have
       given birth.
    • Women who have stopped having their periods—menopause—often
       report bladder control problems.
    • Female athletes of all ages sometimes have urine leakage during
       strenuous sports activities.

Urine leakage may be a small bother or a large problem. About half of adult women say they have had urine leakage at one time or another. Many women say it’s a daily problem.

Urine leakage is more common in older women, but that doesn’t mean it’s a natural part of aging. You don’t have to “just live with it.” You can do something about it and regain your bladder control.

The good news is that there are ways to treat it. The health providers at Women’s Medical Center can answer your questions and advise you on the latest treatments and procedures.

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