Incontinence, a Very Common and Treatable Condition
If you’re experiencing a few isolated incidents of urinary incontinence or are getting up at night to pass your urine, there’s no need to be concerned. As you age, these conditions are to be expected.
But when the problem causes you to refrain from being with friends for fear you’ll have an embarrassing accident, or you’re avoiding physical activity or intimacy, it’s time to have your symptoms evaluated. Other complaints can include the feeling that you can’t empty your bladder well or you sense the need to urinate but can’t.
Making time to see your doctor is the right choice because sometimes diabetes or kidney disease lurk underneath your symptoms.
The rates of urinary incontinence increase with age 20-30% of young women, 30-40% of middle-aged women, and up to 50% of older women.