A new survey was done in the USA and the results released two days ago, and once again we see that more than half of the women who report that they have incontinence have not once talked to their doctors about it!!!
The survey was not sure if it was embarrassment or if it continues to be that women just assume that this a natural part of aging, and so just think "I will wear a pad and be done with it." And then they also do things like limit fluid intake and stop exercising. Neither of which is a healthy change in habits!
PLEASE, if you have any kind of urine leakage, tell your physician. If your physician brushes it off, then see one who cares enough to try to get to the bottom of the causes and find a therapy or treatment or better management of the type of incontinence you have. See a urogynecologist or a urologist or if you are older, a geriatrician. These people will take it seriously and try to find cause(s) and answers. Sometimes it may take several doctors, tests, and some trial and error to find out what's really at the heart of the incontinence, and if it can be cured, symptoms lessened, or just managed better. But it's not a normal part of aging and should never be ignored by yourself OR your physician.
If you'd like to see the article on the survey and what else was learned about women with incontinence, use this link: labblog.uofmhealth.org/roun...