As many as 1 in 5 women over the age of 40 have some degree of urinary incontinence.
However it is more than likely that the number of women affected is much higher.
It is a rather embarrassing subject and many women have been told that ‘this is just what happen’ after giving birth. Their mother lived with it and so did their mother’s mother.
When in fact, many steps can be taken to manage or even completely cure incontinence. After giving birth or as you age, your pelvic floor is weakened thus making it harder to contract the muscles at the bottom of the bladder.
Accidental leaking can happen when you laugh, cough or exercise and this is called stress incontinence.
Urge incontinence is when you have an unstable or overactive bladder and urine leaks before you make it to the toilet.
if you suffer from stress incontinence, you may feel too embarrassed to talk to your doctor or even your friends&family about it. Many women isolate themselves, reduce social activities such as exercising. With treatment, you will be able to regain control and improve your overall well-being.
You can manage incontinence with pelvic floor exercises as well as retraining your bladder depending on the type of incontinence you suffer from. A trained physiotherapist will be able to fully assess you and treat any type of incontinence.