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Publix GreenWise Market Magazine - August 2006

Natural Birth Not Linked to Bladder Trouble

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Family history is a more likely predictor of incontinence later in a woman's life than a prior vaginal birth. It has been a common misconception that vaginal births lead to bladder troubles. But a study in the December 2005 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that overactive bladder symptoms were no more likely in women who experienced vaginal delivery than those who had cesarean sections.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 30 to 50 percent of adult women experience urinary incontinence. The researchers from the University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center suggest genetic factors are more likely the culprit than vaginal deliveries.


Impotence Risk Greater Among Smokers
Researchers have found that smoking increases the risk of impotence in men in a wide age range. According to Dr. Christopher Millett, who worked on a study of 8,000 men in Australia between the ages of 16 and 59, men who smoke increase their risk of impotence by up to 40 percent. About a quarter of the men in the study were smokers. The more cigarettes the men smoked, the greater their risk of suffering a sexual performance problem.

Men who said they smoked a pack or more each day were 39 percent more likely to report impotence. Men who smoked fewer than 20 cigarettes per day had a 20 percent increased risk. Nearly one in 10 men in the entire group said they experienced a problem lasting for more than a month during the previous year.

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