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Why do so many women experience urinary incontinence?

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In brief: Whatever do you mean

The real answer to your question is twofold.
The female urethra is only 2 inches long & the urethral sphincter is on the wispy side, as sphincters go. When it doesn't work pefectly, stress incontinence, leakage occurring with physical exertion like cough, sneeze, etc occurs. When the bladder itself decides to empty without permission, urge incontinence (overactive bladder) occurs.

In brief: Whatever do you mean

The real answer to your question is twofold.
The female urethra is only 2 inches long & the urethral sphincter is on the wispy side, as sphincters go. When it doesn't work pefectly, stress incontinence, leakage occurring with physical exertion like cough, sneeze, etc occurs. When the bladder itself decides to empty without permission, urge incontinence (overactive bladder) occurs.
Dr. Lauri Romanzi
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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
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In brief: Kids & hormones

Our (women's) pelvis is built with large opening in the bone to let us birth a child.
That opening, at the bottom of our body & supporting all our weight) allows gravity to pull and strain support for bladder. Carrying a pregnancy & birthing a child can damage support for bladder control. But even overactive bladder is more common & worsens after menopause. Estrogen affects bladder function.

In brief: Kids & hormones

Our (women's) pelvis is built with large opening in the bone to let us birth a child.
That opening, at the bottom of our body & supporting all our weight) allows gravity to pull and strain support for bladder. Carrying a pregnancy & birthing a child can damage support for bladder control. But even overactive bladder is more common & worsens after menopause. Estrogen affects bladder function.
Dr. Denise Elser
Dr. Denise Elser
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In brief: Relative to Men, Yes

Urinary leakage in women results from weakened pelvic muscles, poor urethra closure or overactive bladder.
The first two are stress type leakage (straining results in a spurt of urine); the last is overactive bladder(oab) squeezing. Aging, childbirth, pelvic surgery and trauma can cause stress or oab leakage; men's prostates usually help them not leak, but often result in retention (can't go pee).

In brief: Relative to Men, Yes

Urinary leakage in women results from weakened pelvic muscles, poor urethra closure or overactive bladder.
The first two are stress type leakage (straining results in a spurt of urine); the last is overactive bladder(oab) squeezing. Aging, childbirth, pelvic surgery and trauma can cause stress or oab leakage; men's prostates usually help them not leak, but often result in retention (can't go pee).
Dr. Robert Donato
Dr. Robert Donato
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Dr. Earle Pescatore
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Many reasons

There are several types of urinary incontinence.
Every patient has different combination of symptoms. Usual causes are childbirth, pregnancy, heavy lifting, previous surgery and idiopathic. Urinary incontinence occurs in one out of three women over the age of 60 - clearly a very common problem.

In brief: Many reasons

There are several types of urinary incontinence.
Every patient has different combination of symptoms. Usual causes are childbirth, pregnancy, heavy lifting, previous surgery and idiopathic. Urinary incontinence occurs in one out of three women over the age of 60 - clearly a very common problem.
Dr. Earle Pescatore
Dr. Earle Pescatore
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