Most women with incontinence skip the doctor

(Kara Gavin/ Futurity) — Nearly half of women older than 50 say they are sometimes incontinent—a problem that can range from a minor nuisance to a major issue, according to a new poll.

Yet two-thirds of these women have not talked to a doctor about the sometimes embarrassing, little-discussed issue. And only 38 percent said they do exercises that can strengthen the muscles that can help.

Of more than 1,000 women between the ages of 50 and 80 who answered the poll, 43 percent of women in their 50s and early 60s said they had experienced urinary incontinence, as had 51 percent of those age 65 and older.

The poll shows women are finding ways of coping on their own—including wearing pads, using special underwear, wearing dark clothing, and limiting fluid intake.

The new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggest that more physicians should routinely ask older female patients about incontinence issues. (…)

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