WHAT IS FEMALE INCONTINENCE?
TYPES OF INCONTINENCE
Urinary incontinence -- when you accidentally leak urine -- is a problem that affects millions of Americans, most of them women. There are several different types, causes, and treatments.
Stress incontinence can happen when pressure on your bladder increases -- such as when you exercise, laugh, sneeze, or cough.
Causes of stress incontinence include:
Pregnancy and childbirth can stretch and weaken a woman’s pelvic floor muscles.
Being overweight or obese
Taking certain medications or, in men, having prostate surgery
This is also called overactive bladder (OAB). With this type, you have an urgent need to go to the bathroom and may not get there in time.
Causes of overactive bladder include:
Damage to the bladder's nerves
Damage to other parts of the nervous system
Damage to muscles
Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and stroke can affect nerves, leading to urge incontinence. Bladder problems, such as infections and bladder stones, and certain medications can also cause it.
If you can't empty your bladder, you may have overflow incontinence.