Are Bladder Control Problems Part of Getting Old?

Are Bladder Control Problems Part of Getting Old?

Are Bladder Control Problems Part of Getting Old?

Both men and women have a more difficult time controlling their bladder as they get older, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The lack of bladder control in men and women as they age may come in the form of frequent urination, constant dribbling or accidental leakage as a result of coughing, lifting objects or other physical activities.

Bladder control issues, or what is referred to medically as urinary incontinence is twice as common in women when compared to men. The primary causes of urinary incontinence in women are menopause, child birth and pregnancy, health issues such as diabetes, brain injuries and multiple sclerosis. Along with aging, these health problems weaken the nerves and muscles that are responsible for passing and holding urine, according to Womenshealth.gov.