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Zyx's avatar

Do grown women have notably less bladder control then men?

Asked by Zyx (4152points) October 24th, 2010

I’ve recently heard several references to women “peeing a little” in comedy shows and I have no idea what this is about. Can anyone elaborate?

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marinelife's avatar

When women age, the vaginal muscles that provide bladder control loosen. This, the peeing a little when you laugh (or cough).

You can fix a lot of it with kegel exercises.

wilma's avatar

To add to what @marinelife said. Many women give birth, that process can also contribute to weakening of and damage to those muscles.

Zyx's avatar

Thanks, that’s pretty informative. But the woman in one of the shows (Community S02E01) wasn’t old or a mother. Could it just be a “joke”?

Hmmm, I’m starting to wonder if I should have double quoted… Does it seem like I meant women AT comedy shows?

GracieT's avatar

I’m female, and my bladder leaks. Strangely enough, it happens mainly when I’m near the bathroom. I’m only 40, and no kids. I think it unfortunatly comes with being female. Also, I didn’t notice your quotation goof until you said something! :0)

janbb's avatar

It doesn’t happen to all women.

chyna's avatar

It sometimes happens after a woman has a hysterectomy also.

wilma's avatar

Running, jumping, laughing, coughing, sneezing; all of these can make a woman “pee just a little”.

Zyx's avatar

So just one more question: When I have to pee (no matter how badly) I have to wait like three seconds before my internal organs are in position, is that different for you?

chyna's avatar

Um,what?

BarnacleBill's avatar

Women’s urethra is shorter than men’s, and is positioned downward.

Women do not have the hesitancy in urinating that men have.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Most women have a uterus taking up space that can put pressure on their bladder.

Zyx's avatar

@chyna yeahhh….

@BarnacleBill That answers that.

@Neizvestnaya and everyone, thanks. It just feels awkward not to know this stuff, even more so than asking about it.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Comedians sometimes poke fun at the fact that women, when out in public, tend to go to the bathroom in groups.

janbb's avatar

“Comedians sometimes poke fun at the fact that women….”

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Women are twice as likely than men to experience urinary incontinence. Most of the problem has to do with the position and direction of our urethra, as well as the surrounding organs. Age definitely plays in to the problem, but many women and young girls may experience stress incontinence (urine leakage from laughing, sneezing, coughing, etc.) at any age. Pregnancy, past pregnancies, menopause, and other hormonal issues also factor in.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Well a lot of women have given birth to kids and that sometimes leads to the bladder acting out – I know that’s why I pee a little often. However, I have noticed (and this is anecdotal, so obviously not proof of much) that if women have to pee badly, they can wait…but if men have to pee, they must be right then or they’ll burst.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir that also has to do with the same phenomenon that many women are able to stop urinating “mid-stream”, where most men cannot. Goes back to those kegels. They are the same muscles used to hold it in when we have to pee.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie And, p.s., I’ve got incredible Kegel muscles

jca's avatar

i had the problem very slightly before childbirth (around age 40) and slightly more after childbirth (problem made worse from a tough labor, according to doctor). Long story short, i had surgery to put in a urethral sling. ambulatory surgery – go into hospital in the morning, have surgery, you have to wait a few hours until you urinate to make sure everything is working and then a few days of taking it easy is all. I had the surgery on a Thursday and made a 4 hour drive to vacation home two days later, Saturday. I’m glad i did it because the problem will not get better.

Zyx's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir & @TheOnlyNeffie

Don’t mind me, just corrupting your data.
Too much information up ahead.

I can hold it in for days (though I don’t, that just doesn’t seem healthy) and I can stop midstream (though like with starting it sometimes takes a few seconds). And perhaps most ridiculously: I can pee six metres far without spill.

Way too much information:
I don’t know what kegels are but I do stuff to stay hard after three hours of being hard.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Oh my, this questioned turned out to be so much more informative than I could have imagined.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie I know, right? I’m sitting here being like ‘uh hmmmmm yum’

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I never would have expected that kegels and urinary incontinence could be such an.. exciting conversation.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie Yep…well you know Fluther…that’s just how it flows…

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@FutureMemory Yeah, like in your head you’re not finishing that with ’‘with me in it”

FutureMemory's avatar

You know me too well.

GracieT's avatar

Just a question. I’ve never put two and two together before, but is that why incontinence pads and diapers are together in stores- because woman are the main purchasers?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@GracieT not necessarily, because similar or identical items are commonly worn by older gentlemen as well. They do serve a similar purpose, though.

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