A 40-year-old member asked:
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do you have to be menopausal to have incontinence?

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Dr. Scott Beard
25 years experience Urogynecology
No: Not at all, some types of incontinence occur prior to puberty. Stress incontinence becomes more common as women age, but can happen much earlier.
Answered on Sep 3, 2013
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Can also occur after childbirth, with urinary tract infections or multiple sclerosis.
Apr 21, 2013
Dr. Marlon White
34 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Many women experience involuntary leakage of urine during pregnancy and after pelvic floor trauma from childbirth.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Michael Hulse
27 years experience Gynecology
No: Urinary incontinence can occur at any age. It becomes more common the older you get. Their are many different causes of incontinence and it can usually be treated if it is a problem for you.
Answered on Sep 4, 2013
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: While many types of incontinence are more common as we age, but incontinence is a problem that can affect people of all ages. Incontinence is not a normal part of getting older. Incontinence may be a sign of a more serious medical condition and should always be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Many causes of incontinence can be treated and corrected.
Answered on Jun 17, 2015
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