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A 36-year-old member asked:

what are the causes of nighttime incontinence?

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Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 15 years experience
Many: For children, bedwetting is common and gradually decreases as the child ages. The cause is usually idiopathic and improves with time. Some children require treatment for bedwetting including bed alarms, medications to decrease urine production in kidneys.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 22 years experience
Only nighttime?: There are several reasons for incontinence or leakage. I don't know if you are female, but a common cause is damage to the pelvic muscles during childbirth. You don't say whether this is urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence. If urinary, you should see a urogynecologist or a urologist who specializes in pelvic floor disorder. If fecal, you should see a colon and rectal surgeon.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can incontinence come & go? Some weeks I have no problems.

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Any chronic problem can have good days and bad days.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes incontinence, is it lifestyle, or biological?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Both: Both.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are some newer treatments that we can look to for help with incontinence?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Luckily - a few: Botox just received fda approval for treatment of neurogenic overactive bladder. It is used off label for oab of other causes. Posterior tibial nerve stimulation (electircal stim at the ankle) treats oab. For stress incontinence, radiofrequency treatment and single incision slings hold promise. Research is ongoing for other therapies that are less invasive but not ready for prime time.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have a problem not making it to the bathroom without drizzling so to speak. Is this incontinence, or what do you think it might be?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Most likely: What you are describing, an unwanted loss of urine, does sound like incontinence. A big question, though, is what is causing it. This could be anything from a bladder infection to a weak controller muscle, to another nerve or bladder problem. I would see your health care provider to get this one checked out.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does incontinence relate to age?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Positively: Positively.

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