Full bladder wakes 2 in 3 women at night

Getting up at night to use the bathroom is often thought of as a problem mainly for older men. Not so—two in three women over age 40 wake up at least once each night because of a full bladder. And nearly half of them make two or more nighttime trips to the bathroom. That’s the upshot from a survey of more than 2,000 northern California women ages 40 years and older. They were asked questions related to possible reasons for nocturia, the medical term for getting up to urinate twice or more per night. Factors that increased the likelihood that a woman woke at night to urinate included older age, having had a hysterectomy, having hot flashes, and using vaginal estrogen. The results are to be published in the January issue of the journal Obstetrics &Gynecology. Until now, many clinicians thought that women who woke at night to urinate had some disorder causing the problem. That’s the case for men, many of whom get up to urinate at night because of an enlarged prostate gland. So it comes as a surprise that many of the women had no other urinary problems, such as an overactive bladder or leaking urine when coughing (stress incontinence). Also surprising was that only 25% of the women in the survey who had nocturia said “yes” to the question “Are you at least moderately bothered by having to get up at night to urinate?” Getting up once or more each night to urinate may not be “bothersome,” but it can still cause problems. It ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Incontinence Women's Health bladder nocturia Source Type: news

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