Childbirth is Not the Only Cause of LBL.
It’s commonly been thought that LBL (light bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence) is a result of childbirth, and that childbirth is the primary cause of LBL in women. That, however, does not seem to be true. According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on urinary incontinence in women, LBL, or light bladder leakage, is more common in younger women than you think. It seems that urinary incontinence in young women is just as common as in women who have given birth, the study says. This new study on female bladder problems could definitely serve as some reassurance for younger women with LBL.
What is LBL?
Light bladder leakage, also known as urinary incontinence, is, put simply, the accidental release of urine and one of the common bladder control problems. It can happen while working out, sneezing, laughing, getting up quickly, etc. Or it can just happen with a sudden feeling of needing to go to the bathroom and not being able to get there in time. Light bladder leakage in young women can happen, and while it doesn’t cause major health problems, the feelings of embarrassment, as well as the inconvenience of the bladder issue, is problem enough for many women to look for treatments, answers, and preventions.
LBL in Young Women
The information found in the female urinary incontinence study is based on research on research of 1,002 women who have never been pregnant, ages 16 to 30. Out of these women, they found that 12.6 of them had LBL issues. This nearly matches the 12 percent that past research has found of women who have given birth who have LBL issues. Previous studies have linked the occurrence of LBL and childbirth, though this study shows that it may affect women who have not given birth just as much.
One correlation they found in the study of LBL in women is that the highest rates of LBL were found in women who were sexually active and not on birth control. Other factors, such as history of urinary tract infections, age and BMI seemed to play no part in the study.
Emotional Effect on Women with LBL
The study also found a link between LBL and some mental health problems. Many of the women reported feeling ashamed and embarrassed due to light bladder leakage. One-third of the women reported wearing pads at least sometimes for the wetness and fear of leakage, as well as odor. This finding resulted in another conclusion researchers came to: that LBL could affect the mental condition of young women. If nothing else, this study shows that young women with LBL are not alone, and are not abnormal for having LBL before having a child.