Urinary incontinence, often called loss of bladder control, is the unwanted loss of urine. Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease, caused by a variety of conditions common in millions of women. Many women are too embarrassed to seek treatment, but the good news is there are a number of treatment options available to successfully help people regain bladder control.
Urinary incontinence is not a natural part of aging. It can happen at any age and can be caused by many physical conditions. Some conditions are temporary, such as vaginal or urinary tract infections, constipation or side effects of medications. Some conditions aren't temporary (but can still be successfully treated), such as muscle or bladder weakness, overactive bladder, hormone imbalances, neurological disorders or immobility.
There are different types of incontinence. Urge incontinence can make you lose urine when you feel a strong need to go to the bathroom, such as on your way to the restroom, at night or even if you hear or touch running water. Stress incontinence can occur when you exercise or move in certain ways, such as sneezing, coughing or laughing. Overflow incontinence can make you feel as if you never completely empty your bladder and can cause you to lose small amounts of urine throughout the day.
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