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Urine Leakage Not Due to Childbirth

Study of Sisters: Blame Genes, Not Kids, for Later-Life Urinary Incontinence

Childbirth Still a Suspect in Earlier-Life Incontinence continued...

Galloway offers advice for how women can know whether their pelvic floor is well suited to withstand the rigors of vaginal delivery.

"The nerves and muscles that enervate the feet are adjacent to those responsible for the pelvic floor," Galloway says. "If you were trying to distinguish whether you are at risk or not, look and see how complete is the form and function of your feet and toes. Those with the best, most versatile feet -- who can spread their toes like fingers -- are more likely to have better function in the pelvic floor."

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