Urinary Incontinence Frequently Asked Questions
What is urinary incontinence and what causes it?
The loss of control of your bladder when you cough, sneeze or get a sudden urge, is termed urinary incontinence. Several causes of incontinence exist: infection, medications, weak bladder/sphincter muscles, complications from surgery, chronic diseases and overactive bladder (OAB).
Who gets urinary incontinence?
More than 13 million Americans experience urinary incontinence. Women suffer from incontinence twice as often as men.
Will weight loss or diet changes help improve urinary incontinence?
Involuntary loss of urine can be caused by extra body weight, so if you are overweight, diet and exercise may help improve the condition. Certain foods, such as caffeine, tea and alcohol can also worsen incontinence. Consuming these foods and liquids in moderation can help reduce incontinence.