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Does pregnancy leave a lasting problem with urinary incontinence?
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
Pregnancy and vaginal delivery does increase a woman's risk for developing urinary incontinence later on.
However, while this is a common problem, it shouldn't be considered 'normal' and if the problem is troublesome or interfering with daily life, there are a number of therapies available to treat this.

In brief: Sometimes
Pregnancy and vaginal delivery does increase a woman's risk for developing urinary incontinence later on.
However, while this is a common problem, it shouldn't be considered 'normal' and if the problem is troublesome or interfering with daily life, there are a number of therapies available to treat this.
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Dr. Earle Pescatore
The options for treatment have expanded greatly in the last 10 years.
Dr. Scott Kramer
If kegel exercises don't improve your leakage then find the courage to overcome any embarrasment and ask your doctor for help.
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Vaginal delivery can
In countries where c/s rates are really high like brazil, we don't see the probelms with pelvic floor disorders like worsening incontinence .
With passage of the child across the pelvic floor that occurs with vaginal deliveries, the birth trauma tends to cause long standing problems with the pelvic floor especially in the caucasian race.

In brief: Vaginal delivery can
In countries where c/s rates are really high like brazil, we don't see the probelms with pelvic floor disorders like worsening incontinence .
With passage of the child across the pelvic floor that occurs with vaginal deliveries, the birth trauma tends to cause long standing problems with the pelvic floor especially in the caucasian race.
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Vaginal birth only.
Women who enter labor and achieve vaginal delivery have an increased risk for urinary incontinence later in life.
That is not true for women that deliver by cesarean section without laboring. Talk to your gynecologist for additional risks/options. Kegel exercises help! pregnant itself is not a problem - vaginal delivery and labor predispose to pelvic floor damage.

In brief: Vaginal birth only.
Women who enter labor and achieve vaginal delivery have an increased risk for urinary incontinence later in life.
That is not true for women that deliver by cesarean section without laboring. Talk to your gynecologist for additional risks/options. Kegel exercises help! pregnant itself is not a problem - vaginal delivery and labor predispose to pelvic floor damage.
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Lost Urethra Support
After having babies many women leak because of poorly supported urethra.
Begin with kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that close urethra. Should they fail then can be fixed with a urethral sling as an outpatient 10 minute procedure with minimal downtime. 80-90% report improvement. While it's embarrassing don't acquiesce to suffer in silence, ask for help. Imagine freedom from pads!

In brief: Lost Urethra Support
After having babies many women leak because of poorly supported urethra.
Begin with kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that close urethra. Should they fail then can be fixed with a urethral sling as an outpatient 10 minute procedure with minimal downtime. 80-90% report improvement. While it's embarrassing don't acquiesce to suffer in silence, ask for help. Imagine freedom from pads!
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