Incontinence in Women

It is estimated that 1 in 5 women over the age of 40 will suffer from some form of incontinence, yet many people are still too embarrassed to discuss this with their friends, or to visit a doctor. It is not an inevitable consequence of giving birth or aging, yet women who have been through the menopause are more likely to suffer from incontinence. Many women also find they suffer from incontinence during pregnancy, or after childbirth. However, in most cases incontinence can be treated without resorting to surgery.

Women are most likely to suffer from stress incontinence. This occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weak, and are unable to prevent urine from leaking out when they are put under extra pressure, such as when sneezing or coughing. Women who have gone through childbirth are particularly vulnerable to stress incontinence, as the pelvic floor muscles are stretched and often damaged during pregnancy and childbirth. However, you can help to prevent this by practising pelvic floor exercises throughout pregnancy, or when suffering from incontinence.

There are a wide range of products which can help you to manage and continue with your life.