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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence Symptoms and Causes

Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control with symptoms that can range from slight leaking to uncontrollable wetting. Causes of most urinary incontinence are muscles that are too weak or active.

Symptoms of urinary incontinence are varied and can point to specific types of urinary incontinence:

  • Loss of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise or lift something heavy
  • Sudden, intense urge to urinate, followed by an involuntary loss of urine
  • Frequent urination during the night.
  • Frequently or constantly dribble urine
  • Inability to empty your bladder
  • Continuous leaking of urine, day and night, or periodic uncontrollable leaking of large volumes of urine

Causes of urinary incontinence are varied, including:

  • Weakened sphincter muscle in the bladder
  • Removal of the prostate gland
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bladder irritants
  • Bowel problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Physical or mental impairment prevents you from getting to the bathroom, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and other disorders