You’ve seen the “cute” adult diaper commercials on TV depicting women who are afraid to go to the gym or even walk briskly through the office, for the fear of peeing themselves. However, for many Americans, it’s not so rosy—it’s a daily reality.
While it’s mostly thought of a problem that affects women in their senior years, it can strike both genders at various ages, and there are various factors that can contribute to the problem. Here are seven things to know about urinary incontinence (UI)…
1. UI is Common Following Childbirth
One of the most common times for women to start experiencing problems with UI is during pregnancy and following delivery. WomensHealth.gov explains that the weight of an unborn baby can put extra pressure on the bladder, which can weaken the pelvic floor muscles.
Similarly, the act of giving birth can also weaken muscles and damage nerves that control bladder function, adds the source. The good news is the muscles can repair themselves with time, and there are also special exercises to address the pelvic floor.