I am in my mid-20s and have no kids, but I leak a little every time I run, sneeze or laugh. How can this be possible and what do
I do?

First and foremost, before we make any diagnosis, we have to make sure that you do not have a urinary tract infection, as this could be the sole cause for your leakage. Once we rule that out, you may have stress urinary incontinence. Risk factors for SUI include but are not limited to being Caucasian or Hispanic race, smoking, obesity, chronic coughs, pregnancy and childbirth. If you are diagnosed with SUI, there are multiple treatments, which you can discuss with your doctor for the management of your condition.

Yarini Quezada, M.D. Urogynecology
Yarini Quezada, M.D. Urogynecology
What can I do as a 34-year-old who’s had three kids to treat an extremely dry vagina. I’ve tried creams and drinking more water but I am at a loss.

Breast-feeding can cause a hypo-estrogenic (low estrogen) state, which can lead to vaginal dryness. This is self-limiting, once you are done breast-feeding, your symptoms will go away. There are several over the counter lubricants that can also be tried as well for symptom relief. If this doesn’t work, visit your doctor to see causes and other treatment options.

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