More Common Than You Might Think: You Are Not Alone
- 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. Many factors can weaken a woman's pelvic muscles, including:
- Pelvic surgery
- Urinating habits
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.
Normal frequency of urination is generally considered to be:
- 0-1 times at night
- 6-8 times per day
- 3-4 hours between trips to the bathroom