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What exactly causes urinary incontinence?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many factors

Much of incontinence is related to genetic factors.
Other common factors include: weak ligaments & muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth, bladder spasms, urinary tract infection, neurologic damage (spinal cord injury, stroke, ms), diabetes, chronic cough chronic heavy lifting, chronic constipation and obesity.

In brief: Many factors

Much of incontinence is related to genetic factors.
Other common factors include: weak ligaments & muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth, bladder spasms, urinary tract infection, neurologic damage (spinal cord injury, stroke, ms), diabetes, chronic cough chronic heavy lifting, chronic constipation and obesity.
Dr. Denise Elser
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends upon type!

Stress urinary incontinence, SUI, due to weakness of pelvic floor musculature &/or bladder neck (internal) sphincter. Urge incontinence to involuntary bladder contraction caused by overactive bladder, UTI, interstitial cystitis or bladder stone.
Neurogenic incontinence from Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal cord abnormalities congenital or acquired from trauma, disc prolapse, tumor or diabetes. Anatomic

In brief: Depends upon type!

Stress urinary incontinence, SUI, due to weakness of pelvic floor musculature &/or bladder neck (internal) sphincter. Urge incontinence to involuntary bladder contraction caused by overactive bladder, UTI, interstitial cystitis or bladder stone.
Neurogenic incontinence from Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal cord abnormalities congenital or acquired from trauma, disc prolapse, tumor or diabetes. Anatomic
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Urinary Incontinence

There are a few types of incontinence: stress incontinence: leaking w/ activity/coughing/ sneezing or urge incontinence: a sudden urge to got to the bathroom. Different types of incontinence are treated differently.
Some can be treated with surgery and others medication.A good resource is www.voicesforpfd.org. You can also discuss further with a gynecologist/ urogynecologist/urologist

In brief: Urinary Incontinence

There are a few types of incontinence: stress incontinence: leaking w/ activity/coughing/ sneezing or urge incontinence: a sudden urge to got to the bathroom. Different types of incontinence are treated differently.
Some can be treated with surgery and others medication.A good resource is www.voicesforpfd.org. You can also discuss further with a gynecologist/ urogynecologist/urologist
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It varies

Depends on age, gender and co-existent medical problems young women: interstitial cystitis in elderly the common cause is bladder irritation due to urine infection.
Diabetes, obstruction, nerve injury are other factors.

In brief: It varies

Depends on age, gender and co-existent medical problems young women: interstitial cystitis in elderly the common cause is bladder irritation due to urine infection.
Diabetes, obstruction, nerve injury are other factors.
Dr. Raj Singh
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Dr. Robert Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology

In brief: UI

Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine from your urethra/bladder when you don't want it to happen.
There are many causes but the most common are stress incontinence (leaking with coughing, sneezing, exercising, etc.) and urge incontinence (unable to make it to the toilet prior to voiding).

In brief: UI

Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine from your urethra/bladder when you don't want it to happen.
There are many causes but the most common are stress incontinence (leaking with coughing, sneezing, exercising, etc.) and urge incontinence (unable to make it to the toilet prior to voiding).
Dr. Robert Harris
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Dr. Amit Patel
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology

In brief: Two common types

The two most common types of urinary incontinence (ui) are stress ui, which is generally caused by a loss of pelvic support to the urethra and bladder neck, and urge ui, which is generally caused by an overactive detrusor muscle (the involuntary muscle in the bladder wall).

In brief: Two common types

The two most common types of urinary incontinence (ui) are stress ui, which is generally caused by a loss of pelvic support to the urethra and bladder neck, and urge ui, which is generally caused by an overactive detrusor muscle (the involuntary muscle in the bladder wall).
Dr. Amit Patel
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