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Female Incontinence

Female incontinence is widespread and affects women of all ages, including young adults and sometimes even children. In this section you can find all you need to know about female urinary incontinence causes, what products are right for you and the best way to manage your incontinence. 

understanding female Incontinence


For many women, female incontinence means losing just a few drops of urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough, jog, make love, or even hear running water, when washing the dishes or walking past a fountain.

Female incontinence is widespread and affects women of all ages, including young adults and sometimes even children. Incontinence can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions, and minor and serious physical problems that can affect both young and old, healthy and ailing.

Some women learn to quickly bring mild incontinence under control by sitting down or crossing their legs tightly. While for others, female incontinence may be a sudden urge to go to the toilet, followed by significant amount of liquid loss.

If you’re finding you’re experiencing an episode of leakage, take heart that you are not alone. You’ll probably discover some of your friends are going through the same thing, as 1 in 3 women experience light bladder leakage. The other thing you’ll discover is that female incontinence is also entirely treatable.


Knowing what type of incontinence you have, is the first important step to finding the right treatment. Once diagnosed, your GP can then advise you what treatment options are available for your specific type of incontinence. While there are several types, the three most common types of female incontinence are stress, urge and overflow incontinence.

Stress incontinence is physical stress or pressure on your internal organs such as a cough, a sneeze or even a laugh when your bladder is full. Read more about stress incontinence.

Urge incontinence is the inability to hold on for more than a few minutes once you have a sudden overwhelming need to urinate. Read more about urge incontinence.

Overflow incontinence is characterised by leaking with no warning or urge to urinate. Read more about overflow incontinence.




pelvic exercises

Pelvic Floor Exercises are an easy and effective way to manage and treat female incontinence. Done regularly, pelvic exercises can help control and in some cases, prevent incontinence entirely.

Check out our pelvic floor exercise video


bladder training

Bladder training is designed to help increase the amount of urine you can hold in your bladder in between trips to the bathroom, without experiencing urgency or leakage. A bladder diary is the perfect way to identify the time of day and month you most experience incontinence, and will help you to manage and control your symptoms.


How to deal with female incontinence today

Check out the range of Poise products which can help you manage the problem, and read some of our articles below to learn about triggers and find out about the treatment options available to you.

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Did you know women are more prone to light leakage than men? This is because women’s plumbing is more internalised. While this has advantages, it also means the female bladder muscle structure is also internalised and so influenced by female events like pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomy, and menopause.

Some of the biggest causes of female incontinence are:

  • Weakened and stretched pelvic floor muscles (sometimes resulting in prolapse) from pregnancy and childbirth
  • Thinning and drying of the skin in the vagina or urethra, especially after menopause
  • Certain medicines
  • Constipation
  • Being over weight
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vascular disease
  • Diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis

Other temporary incontinence causes are certain foods, drink and medications. In these cases, a simple change in habits may sort out the problem.

Read more about female incontinence causes.


So, what are your options for treating bladder weakness? And how do you deal with incontinence while you’re getting it treated? After all, you don’t want to miss out on social occasions, sports activities, shopping trips and other fun events just because your bladder control isn’t the best at the moment.

If you do have bladder control problems, tell your doctor and ask about treatment options available. You may be very pleasantly surprised to find that bladder treatments can be straightforward, very effective and in some cases you may be able to regain full bladder control.

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Managing female incontinence


Some women can manage their urinary incontinence without much effort or professional help (especially when it’s not too bad).

However, a visit to your GP or a referral to a urologist is probably a very good idea if:

• Your incontinence problem persists

• You have secondary symptoms (like blood in your urine)

• Your incontinence causes you anxiety or depression or

• It affects your work, social life and sex life


Poise has a range of discreet and comfortable Liners and Pads that are specifically designed to help you manage light bladder leakage.  To learn more about the products available, and find the right product for you, visit our Poise products page