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What types of bladder disorders are common in women?

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Cystitis, or bladder infection, the most common type of urinary tract infection, and urinary incontinence during and after menopause are common bladder problems women experience, according to WebMD. Women contract more bladder infections than men probably due to women’s shorter urethras.

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Bacteria from the large intestine carried in the stool travels up through the urethra to reach a woman’s bladder, explains WebMD. Sexual intercourse can also expose a woman’s urethra to germs that cause infection. If left untreated, cystitis can turn into a serious kidney infection. Bladder control problems, or urinary incontinence, frequently arise at the time of menopause when estrogen drops, compromising the health of the urinary tract and weakening the pelvic muscles.

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