As you age, the structure of your kidneys can change, reducing their ability to remove wastes. Illness and injury can also affect the filtering ability of the kidneys or block urine's passage. READ MORE

Incontinence

If you're leaking urine when you cough, laugh or sneeze, or you have sudden urges to go to the bathroom that are so intense you fear you won't get there in time, you're probably experiencing incontinence. The inability to control urination is frequently a treatable, and often curable, problem faced by millions of Americans, many of them women. READ MORE

Conditions & Treatments

Urinary Tract Infections

Most urinary tract infections are caused by a variety of bacteria, including Escherichia coli (E. coli), found in feces. Because the openings of the bowel, vagina and urethra are close together, it's easy for the bacteria to spread to the urethra and travel up the urinary tract into the bladder and sometimes the kidneys. READ MORE

Conditions & Treatments

Overactive Bladder​

Have you ever planned your morning errands around when and where you could find a bathroom? Are you waking up a few times every night because you feel an urgent need to pee? If you have a combination of any of these issues, you may have a condition called overactive bladder. READ MORE

Conditions & Treatments

I Didn’t Let Overactive Bladder Stop Me from Living My Life

I remember my overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms starting about three or four years ago. Whenever I would sneeze or cough, I'd urinate a little bit. Then it started to become pretty frequent, which was frustrating, but not yet to the point where it was disrupting my life.

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Need to Pee During Sex? How Overactive Bladder Affects Intimate Relationships

For women living with bladder challenges, communication and self-confidence may lead to a healthy sex life.

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Overactive Bladder: Those Awkward Questions You Want and Need to Ask

Starting the conversation early is smart. Don't be embarrassed.

Your Health

How Women Can Manage Emotional Health and Overactive Bladder While Isolated at Home — and as States Reopen

For women living with bladder challenges like overactive bladder (OAB), the quarantine may be more familiar than for the rest of us.

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Learning to Take Time for Self-Care After My Interstitial Cystitis Diagnosis

Looking back, I always had bladder issues. Eight years into my journey for answers, I finally received a diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis.

Real Women, Real Stories

How to Know if You Have Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence comes in many forms and affects millions of people. But there are simple things you can do to manage it.

Your Health

Do You Keep Getting UTIs?

If you are a woman who has experienced multiple urinary tract infections (UTIs), we would like to hear from you. HealthyWomen is running this survey to better understand the journey women with UTIs take.

Urologic Conditions & Diseases