Senior Women With Urinary Incontinence Have Treatment Options
If you are an older woman who experiences urine leaks, a condition called urinary incontinence, you’re not alone. In a survey of 1,030 women ages 50 to 80, nearly half reported experiencing urine leaks. Of those women, 41 percent said the leaks were problematic for them, and 31 percent experienced them almost daily. While urinary incontinence prompted many of the women to take action—using pads or protective underwear, doing Kegel exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles controlling the bladder, and restricting their liquids—only a third of all the women had spoken with their doctors about the problem. Both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for urinary incontinence are available, so if you have the problem, don’t be afraid to speak up.
Source: University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, posted online Nov. 1, 2018