Sporty women prone to incontinence

Being a female triathlete has a definite downside, with one in three suffering from a pelvic floor disorder.

Urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse commonly plague these women, but many ignore their symptoms, exacerbating the problem.

Data presented at a conference of the American Urogynecologic Society also reveal that a quarter of female triathletes have one component of the female athlete triad, a condition characterised by decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density from