Women Spend $750 a Year Out of Pocket to Manage Their Incontinence
Leak when you sneeze? Dribble when you jump?
Another Momma Care Monday is upon us, and I’m here to lay some cold hard truth on you: urinary incontinence (UI) affects approximately 20 million people in the United States. Among women, the prevalence ranges from 26–46%, depending on the study you read (Wilson et al 2001).
But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s normal. And because people understandably don’t want to leave little yellow puddles behind them, the economic costs of UI are absurdly high: over $16 billion per year in the United States alone. SIXTEEN BILLION. Community-dwelling women (so, not in nursing homes or otherwise) spend on average about $750 a year out of pocket to manage their incontinence (Subak et al 2008).
You know what would be better for the environment and your ladyparts and your vacation fund? Pelvic physical therapy. Strengthen the weak muscles. Learn your anatomy. Stop the leaks, the dribbles, the embarrassment and the panicked bathroom hunting. There are people who have made it their JOB to make sure you don’t waste $750 a year on pads or disposable underwear: put that money towards an evidence-based, empowering, and long-term solution. Find a pelvic physical therapist in your area today!