Why when there is a line out the door for the bathroom at the local restaurant or theater it is always a women’s bathroom? I understand that closed bathroom stalls take up more room than urinals, but maybe there is more going on.

I remember that when I was pregnant with my boys, knowing where the location of the closest bathroom was a clear priority. Many years later, as a runner, I always brought several sets of underwear with me because I was concerned about urine leakage when I ran. It’s not something we talked about but I imagine it was a concern for many of my friends as well.

I remember when Bob Dole came out of the closet admitting he used Viagra, I wondered if women would finally feel comfortable talking about this problem of urinary incontinence that many of us have experienced throughout our lives.

Recently I spoke to Dr. Daniel Katz, at Premier Medical Group. “The biggest misnomer is that it is alright to be incontinent,” says Dr, Katz. “The fact is that there is plenty that can be done to treat it.” According to the doctor this is a medical condition that is under-reported and under-treated even though it affects many women’s quality of life.

During the interview I was impressed with the number of treatments that are available to mitigate or eliminate urinary incontinence, from simple exercises to InterStim, which Dr. Katz calls a pacemaker for the bladder.

The first step toward relief is to see a doctor who is well acquainted with incontinence to learn what type you have. A urologist specializes in the urinary tract, and some urologists further specialize in the female urinary tract. Gynecologists and obstetricians specialize in the female reproductive tract and childbirth. A uro-gynecologist focuses on urological problems in women. Family practitioners and internists see patients for all kinds of complaints.

Have you ever realized that you were going to sneeze and crossed your legs hoping for the best? Maybe it is time to take urinary incontinence out of the closet and begin seeking help.

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