Many women over 50 have leaky bladders, most don't seek treatment

Dr. Doreen E. Chung of Columbia Urology discusses symptoms and treatments for women over 50 years old with leaky bladders.

Nearly half of women over age 50 report bladder leakage and many say it’s a major problem for them, according to a new U.S. survey.

Of the more than 1,000 women ages 50 to 80 who participated in the survey, 43 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds said they suffered from incontinence, as did 51 percent of those 65 and older.

Even so, two-thirds of the women who experience leakage haven’t spoken to a doctor about the problem.

Dr. Doreen E. Chung, a urologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Department of Urology, weighs in to discuss the symptoms and why women should seek treatment with Reuters Health.

 

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