Could Caffeine Cause Bladder Issues?

October 07, 2011 1 min read

Roasted coffee beans, the world's primary sour...
We all know that as a women's age increases, so do her bladder issues. Is it yet another sign menopause? could be menopause, but it also could be because of caffeine. It seems that excess caffeine increases the likelihood of urinary incontinence in women, according to a new study that echoes the findings of previous research. ''Women who consume high levels of caffeine are 70% more likely to have urinary incontinence than women who don't," says Jon Gleason, MD, an instructor and fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School's Division of Women's Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He is slated to present the findings Friday at the American Urogynecologic Society's annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif. Caffeine sources include coffee, tea, beverages, foods, and some pharmaceuticals. In Gleason’s study, women who reported taking in 329 milligrams of caffeine a day -- about three cups of coffee -- or more had a 70% higher likelihood of having the bladder problem. Urinary incontinence, or the unintentional loss of urine, affects more than 13 million Americans, mostly women. Women are most likely to develop it either during pregnancy or childbirth or with menopause along with hot flashes, night sweats and its hormonal changes, due to pelvic muscle weakness. But it's not a natural consequence of aging, experts say.