Incontinence & Overactive Bladder
In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. This wall can weaken or loosen with age. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can also damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. This may trigger problems such as urinary difficulties, discomfort, and stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by sneezing, coughing, and exertion, for example).
Some women experience urge incontinence which is caused by urinary muscle spasms. Multiple pregnancies, being overweight, and genetic weaknesses can increase your risk.
You’re not alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that over 40% of American women suffer from overactive bladder. There are numerous treatments for overactive bladder, don’t be afraid to ask.