Incontinence and Pelvic Health Problems
More Common Than You Might Think: You Are Not Alone
Many factors can weaken a woman's pelvic muscles, including:
- 1 in 3 new moms experience chronic loss of bladder control six months after childbirth; for some, it may be transient; for others, it may persist.
- 30-50% of childbearing women over 40 develop a chronic, out-of-control bladder.
- Nearly 20% of women over age 75 experience daily incontinence.
- Women typically "cope" 6.5 years with symptoms of incontinence before receiving a diagnosis.
- By age 70, 11% of the general female population has major surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (dropping of the uterus, bladder or rectum into the vagina) or incontinence.
While the chance of having pelvic health problems increases with age and the number of times a woman has given birth, young female athletes and women who have never delivered a baby can also experience problems.
- Pelvic surgery
- Urinating habits
Normal frequency of urination is generally considered to be:
Evaluation and treatment options for incontinence and pelvic health conditions
- 0-1 times at night
- 6-8 times per day
- 3-4 hours between trips to the bathroom