Urinary Incontinence

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A woman with urinary incontinence stares off in the distance.

Many women experience urinary incontinence, an embarrassing bladder control problem that you don't have to struggle with anymore. 

"Though urine leakage is common in women," says Leslie Rickey, MPH, MD, a Yale Medicine urologist, "it should absolutely not be considered a normal or inevitable part of aging. Many women will try to self-manage their symptoms with pads or limiting their fluid intake. However, this does not stop the problem from getting worse. Women should know there are many treatments for urine leakage, and they should feel empowered to seek out information on their options instead of feeling isolated and alone,” says Dr. Rickey, who specializes in treating women who have problems related to the pelvic floor, including urinary incontinence issues.

Many women don’t realize there are effective treatments available to regain bladder control. Even mild leakage symptoms should be addressed as there is potential for the condition to worsen over time.

Urinary incontinence affects women of all ages, and the condition is two times more common in women than men. Our clinicians at the Yale Medicine Department of Urology recognize that bladder issues can significantly impact quality of life. Each patient seeking treatment will receive a personalized plan that takes into account symptoms, lifestyle and treatment goals.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.