Bladder leakage is a big problem
Bladder leakage—urinary incontinence (UI)—is an unfortunate reality for over 25 million Americans; that’s nearly one in ten people. Most experts believe the actual number is even higher since many sufferers won’t talk about it or seek medical help. Check out the 13 things your bladder secretly wishes it could tell you.
Men have bladder leakage too
Despite the fact that many men experience incontinence issues, it’s still seen as a “women’s issue.” That only adds embarrassment to an already difficult situation, says Jennifer Berman, MD, a urologist, sexual health expert, and co-host of the TV show, The Doctors. And despite UI’s reputation as an “old person’s” disease, it can affect men of any age. (Here’s what you need to know about bladder health in every decade.) One in four men who’ve experienced bladder leakage say they are too embarrassed to even talk about it with immediate family members, according to a survey done by Continex. This means only one in 12 people seek help for their symptoms, according to the National Association for Continence.