Personal Stories

Cheryl's Story

Cheryl was in her mid-fifties when she noticed she had to go the bathroom more often. Her family doctor told her this just happens when women get older. "You'll get used to it," he said. But Cheryl didn't buy it. "I'm only in my fifties, but I was too embarrassed to talk to anybody about my problem."

Josephine's Story

When Josephine was working as a waitress, she needed a note from her doctor to explain that she had bladder problems and needed to go to the bathroom every 15 to 20 minutes. She tried several medications but they made her mouth so dry she'd need to drink something – and then she'd need to go again.

Julie's Story

Julie never had problems with her bladder until after her hysterectomy in 2002. Then she started having to go every 20, 30, or 45 minutes during the day. She would also get up frequently at night. "I wore triple pads and kept a change of clothes at work, because I was always afraid I'd leave a puddle behind me," she says.

Nancy's Story

Nancy, age 57, had accomplished a lot as an executive. But her moments of success were overshadowed by concerns about her bladder. Often she couldn't make the half-hour commute to work without stopping at a gas station to use the restroom.

Norma's Story

Norma recalls that even as a little girl, she had to go to the bathroom more than others and had trouble making it to the bathroom in time. As an adult, she would go 10 to 12 times per day and every 2 hours at night. She wore pads because she often leaked. "And not just a little either," she says, "but a flood."

Ron's Story

Ron had been living with urinary retention since 1994. To empty his bladder, he needed to use a catheter. "You can't imagine how difficult it is to set up a catheter kit and keep everything sterile in a men's public restroom," he says.

Pam's Story

Pam has seen plenty of doctors and tried medications, biofeedback, and Kegel exercises, but nothing really worked. One doctor told her the problems were all in her head. She was often in tears at the doctor’s office, feeling like there was no hope.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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