Patient Education

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the inability to retain urine through control of the pelvic floor muscles. This is usually directly related to pelvic floor strength. There are 2 common types of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress incontinence: urine leakage due to increased abdominal pressure (i.e. sneezing, laughing, and coughing).
  • Urge incontinence: urine leakage with presence of a strong urge to urinate from involuntary bladder action. There is usually a large amount of urine loss.

Several causes of incontinence are:

  • Childbearing
  • Chronic constipation
  • Obesity
  • Surgery
  • Neurological conditions
Last Updated: 06-09-2016
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