Harvard Women's Health Watch

What you can do about incontinence

Getting past the embarrassment is the first step in treating involuntary urine leakage.

You're laughing at a friend's joke, when suddenly—to your great embarrassment—you feel a warm trickle of liquid between your legs. Or, you're eating at a restaurant when you feel a sudden urge to go, but you can't get to the bathroom in time.

Women are twice as likely as men to experience urinary incontinence. This inequity is due in part to the structure of our urinary tract, the stresses put on it during pregnancy and childbirth, and the weakening of the urethra (the tube through which urine passes out of the body from the bladder) from aging and the loss of estrogen during menopause.

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