Urinary incontinence is the involuntary excretion of urine from one's body. It is often temporary, and it almost always results from an underlying medical condition. In this article, the term "incontinence" will be used to mean urinary incontinence. See also fecal incontinence. Types of incontinence Stress incontinence Stress incontinence is incontinence caused by coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising or other movements that increase intrabdominal pressure and thus increase pressu ...
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    ... Women of all ages have bladder control problems. Some younger women find they can't hold their urine after having a baby. Others have problems when they stop having periods. Many women over the ag...
  • Cystocele (Fallen Bladder)
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  • Cystoscopy and Ureteroscopy
    ... When you have a urinary problem, your doctor may use a cystoscope to see inside your bladder and urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. The cy...
  • Daily Bladder Diary
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  • Directory of Kidney and Urologic Diseases Organizations
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  • Exercising Your Pelvic Muscles
    ... Life's events can weaken pelvic muscles. Pregnancy, childbirth, and being overweight can do it. Luckily, when these muscles get weak, you can help make them strong again. Pelvic floor muscles are ...
  • Imaging of the Urinary Tract
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  • Incontinence Can Be Controlled
    ... by Carolyn J. Strange No one wants to talk about it. Patients don't bring it up. Physicians don't ask. Meanwhile, millions suffer in silence as urinary incontinence erodes their quality of lif...
  • Menopause and Bladder Control
    ... Yes. Some women have bladder control problems after they stop having periods (menopause or change of life). If you are going through menopause, talk to your health care team. After your periods end, y...
  • Nerve Disease and Bladder Control
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  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Bladder Control
    ... Yes. But don't panic. If you lose bladder control after childbirth, the problem often goes away by itself. Your muscles may just need time to recover. If you still have a problem after 6 weeks, ta...
  • Talking to Your Health Care Team About Bladder Control
    ... You may feel embarrassed to talk about such a personal thing. Or, like many women, you may feel ashamed about loss of bladder control. But when you learn it's a medical problem, you know it's ...
  • Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women
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  • Urinary Incontinence -- Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Urinary Incontinence in Children
    ... Parents or guardians of children who experience bedwetting at night or "accidents" during the day should treat this problem with understanding and patience. This loss of urinary control is called "uri...
  • Urinary Incontinence in Men
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