Is Your Bladder Interfering with Your Love Life?

The need to pee doesn't have to get in the way of sex (15 Photos)

Laura Flynn McCarthy on Sep 30, 2011 at 3:19PM

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Is Your Bladder Interfering with Your Love Life?

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In a recent study of more than 2,400 women, researchers at Indiana University found that issues with urinary frequency and urges were among the most important predictors of how pleasurable women found sex. “Our research shows that incontinence issues are more likely to get in the way of your pleasure during sex than things like whether or not you use lubricant, your level of desire or other characteristics of the sexual experience,” says lead researcher Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., a research scientist at Indiana University and author of Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva. “If you’re experiencing OAB symptoms, you may avoid sex altogether because you’re worried that you’re going to leak or need to go to the bathroom, or you may have sex, but your anxiety and stress can get in the way of sexual arousal and ease of orgasm.”

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