Urinary Incontinence and Bladder Control

Doctor advising his patients about treatments for urinary incontinence

Answers to Your Questions about Urinary Incontinence

Are bladder control problems embarrassing you or limiting your enjoyment of life? Find out more about this surprisingly common condition and today's most effective new treatments

What is urinary incontinence?

Incontinence is when the body leaks urine without meaning to. Urine is stored in a balloon-like organ - the bladder. Urine leaves the body through a tube called the urethra. When bladder muscles tighten without warning, or the muscles at the base of the urethra relax without warning, you can have leakage. Those muscle changes can also cause you to urinate more often or more urgently. Even urinary urgency and frequency without unwanted urine leakage is a medical condition that may be severe enough to warrant intervention. If you’re having issues with urinary incontinence, talk to your doctor.

Source: www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/urinary-incontinence (link opens in new window)

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