Women wait more than six years, on average, before they speak up about urinary symptoms - a shame, since there are simple ways to find relief
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By Sari Harrar
Urinary symptomsAnna Albrecht was a fit 31-year-old mother of two when the Big Leak happened one day. "I was jumping rope at the gym when - splash! - I completely wet my pants," she recalls. "I was so embarrassed." So did Albrecht go to the doctor? "Not for seven years," she admits. "I just didn't jump rope."
The leaks have stopped, thanks to a class aimed at strengthening her pelvic floor - the hammock of muscles that supports the internal organs, including the bladder, bowels, and uterus. "It made a huge difference - I can jump rope or go out dancing and stay dry," says Albrecht, 47, of La Grange, IL.
Leaks, urinary pain, wild sprints to the ladies' room, and a purse packed with pads are a reality for millions of American women. Yet two out of three of us never tell our doctors, and those who do speak up have waited, on average, 6.5 years.