Female Incontinence

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Female Urinary Incontinence: Talk to Your Doctor
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our team of specialists work together to meet all of your care needs.
  • We help you understand your medical condition and explain all available treatment options.
  • Our researchers are actively researching new treatments of urinary incontinence.

Although many are reluctant to talk about it, urinary incontinence is a struggle for women of all ages, from all walks of life. Many women experience involuntary loss of urine as they get older, but urinary incontinence should not be considered a normal part of aging. 

There are effective treatments available that can help prevent unintentional urine loss. At Yale Medicine's Pelvic Medicine & Continence Center, our clinicians use the latest diagnostic tools to determine which treatment is appropriate for you. 

"Anyone who has had two babies and is 45 or older has likely had an experience with urinary incontinence," says Oz Harmanli, MD, chief of Yale Medicine Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine

"They may not be at a point where they need to seek help, but when they get into their 50s, it often becomes a more common problem. We have a 90-percent treatment success rate when urinary incontinence comes from physical exertion, or stress."