Overactive bladder symptoms can start at just about any age, but they tend to gradually worsen with age and after having children, Dr. Martinez says. The two main issues are stress incontinence, which is when urine leaks during activity, and urge incontinence, in which you have frequent strong and sudden urges, Dr. Martinez says.
You need only look around the grocery store to realize how common the issue is.
“A whole industry is built around it, and there’s an aisle of products addressing it,” he says. “It can be a serious of quality-of-life issue where some women don’t leave their homes for fear of urine leakage. Some wear darker clothes so it’s not noticeable. Some spend money on pads and diapers. Others plan their public outings around the locations of bathrooms.”