For many women, incontinence is a tough subject to broach with their healthcare provider. Some feel embarrassed. Others hesitate because they believe that surgery is their only option. To cope, they typically resign to wearing pads and limiting their activities. “I think it’s hard for them to bring up because it’s a private matter,” said Dr. Anita Alvestad-McIntyre, an obstetrician-gynecologist with Kitsap OBGYN, PLLC. “As practitioners, we try to bring this problem to light.