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Urinary Incontinence

The Urinary System

Urinary incontinence is an inability to control urination. It can be a permanent condition or temporary. This condition occurs more frequently as people age and is twice as common in women as in men. When you have incontinence, there is a problem with either the muscles or the nerve supply in communicating when to hold or empty the bladder. Incontinence may be either stress incontinence (where a small amount leaks during physical activity) or urge incontinence (where the bladder empties completely).


Symptoms of urinary incontinence includes urinary urgency and the involuntary loss of urine.


Urinary incontinence may be caused by weakened pelvic muscles, medications, a build-up of stool in the bowels, an infection of the urinary tract, diabetes, high calcium levels, and not being able to move around. In women, after menopause the skin in the vagina and urethra sometimes thins and dries, making it less responsive and causing incontinence. For men, incontinence may be caused by an enlarged prostate gland or prostate surgery. Other medical conditions can lead to incontinence like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and severe depression.


Incontinence may be a symptom of an underlying condition like a bladder infection or an enlarged prostate. You should seek medical advice.

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