Your bladder health
Urinary incontinence is twice as prevalent in women as men, but only 1 in 4 women with urinary incontinence seeks medical care, according to The Journal of the American Medical Association. And though there are proven strategies to manage urinary incontinence (here are some to try), less than half of these women end up receiving treatment and simply live with a condition that can be debilitating, not to mention uncomfortable, inconvenient, and embarrassing. Women of all ages should be proactive about implementing lifestyle changes and habits to improve bladder health, in addition to consulting physicians for recommended treatment plans. These are the bladder health changes to watch for beginning in your 20s.
In your 20s
Women in their 20s can begin to experience bladder leakage problems, often from stress incontinence, which is when an activity such as laughing, sneezing, coughing or running creates pressure on the urethra, causing a urinary leak. Here’s how to prevent urinary incontinence during exercise. Young women should begin practicing Kegel exercises regularly to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Read more about how to take care of your pelvic floor.