Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, meaning the loss of urine when you do not expect or intend it.
Millions of adults in the United States have urinary incontinence. It is more common in people older than 50 years of age, especially women, but many men also suffer from incontinence.
Types of Incontinence
This includes the involuntary loss of urine during certain physical activities, including coughing, laughing, and lifting. It is caused by a weak or damaged sphincter, the muscle that holds back urine.
Urge incontinence is the inability to control the sudden urge to urinate. It involves an uncontrolled bladder contraction and it may occur after a sudden change in position or activity.
This is a combination of stress and urge incontinence. It is not uncommon for patients to experience more than one type of incontinence.
When the bladder is not emptying normally and fills well beyond its normal capacity, the pressure of urine in the bladder may overwhelm the sphincter's ability to hold back urine. Often patients are surprised to learn that their bladder is so full because they do not feel the urge to urinate.
Below are common risk factors for urinary incontinence.
- Pelvic injury
- Prostate surgery, mainly prostatectomy
- Old age
- Urinary infection
- Diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetes
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