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Everything You Wanted to Know About Occasional Bladder Leakage but Were Afraid to Ask

Dr. Alyssa Dweck^

Everything You Wanted to Know About Occasional Bladder Leakage but Were Afraid to Ask

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It’s about time! More and more women are finally opening up and having the conversation about occasional bladder leakage not only with their gynos, but also amongst each other. After all, this is a super common complaint that affects so many of us women.

Why is this so common?

  • For one, blame your genetics. If your mom and grandmother had issues with weak pelvic floor muscles, you might be at risk also.
  • Time is another reason. As we age, our muscles age with us; this includes the bladder and the urethra (the tube from which urine exits the body) and the surrounding muscles and ligaments, which support them. Weaker pelvic floor muscles mean a tendency to occasionally leak urine.
  • Got kids? Relaxation of the pelvic muscles and supporting tissues due to wear and tear of pregnancy and childbirth can also be to blame. In fact, the bigger the babies and the longer the labor, the higher the possibility.
  • Finally, carrying extra weight can add pressure on the bladder, which can influence bladder control.

If exercise, coughing, sneezing or a good belly laugh contributing to occasional bladder leakage, don’t fret; help is on the way.

6 Tips to Help Maintain Occasional Bladder Leakage:

  • Control coughing and sneezing with throat lozenges or cough suppressants, or by steering clear of potential triggers, such as common allergens like dust.
  • Empty your bladder immediately before exercise.
  • Urinate on the clock every two hours while awake, even if you don’t have the urge, to keep the bladder from over distention.
  • Minimize caffeine intake; this bladder irritant and diuretic might cause symptoms of urinary urgency and may make leakage more common.
  • Kegel exercises are akin to weight training for your pelvic floor and can be done anywhere and anytime.
  • Consider AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less®. Made from a safe, naturally-sourced blend of soy germ and pumpkin seed extract, it can help manage occasional bladder leakage and urgency and support your pelvic floor muscles during every day activities.*

As they say, there is no time like the present! It’s time to take control of your bladder.


Dr. Alyssa Dweck^ is a practicing OB-GYN in Westchester County, N.Y. She has been voted Top Doctor in New York Magazine and Westchester County. She is proficient in gynecologic surgery, has expertise in female sexual health and provides gynecologic care to women of all ages. Dr. Dweck has co-authored three books, including The Complete A to Z for Your V: A Women's Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Vagina—Health, Pleasure, Hormones, and More, which tells women of all ages what they need to know about their own unique health.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

AZO®and AZO Bladder Control® are trademarks of DSM.

Go-Less® is a registered trademark of Frutarom.

^Dr. Alyssa Dweck is a paid spokesperson for AZO®.