Dr. Cornella explains that while 70% of women will not have urinary incontinence immediately following pregnancy, they may develop incontinence later in life. Dr. Cornella is a gynecologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.
Many patients may experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy. At least 70% of those patients will not have urinary loss following delivery. Perhaps more important is what happens at the time of vaginal delivery in terms of effect to the nerves and muscles of the pelvis. Thus over a long-term, this can have some ramifications in terms of urinary incontinence because we all lose nerve and muscle function every year of our life.
So in some instances there may be some effect on the muscle, which is not seen for 10 to 15 years, and then the patient may begin to develop urinary incontinence.