What exactly is urinary incontinence in women?

Urine leakage. Urinary incontinence (ui) is the unintended loss of urine or urine leakage. The most common types of ui in women are stress (sui) and urge incontinence (uui). Sui is leakage associated w/ physical stress on the bladder, such as cough, sneeze, jump, lifting & causes are weak ligaments and muscles around the bladder opening. Uui occurs with an urge & leakage starts before one is seated on toilet.
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.
Leakage of urine. Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage or escape of urine from the bladder when the patient is not sitting on the toilet and ready to void (empty the bladder).
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).

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Why do so many women experience urinary incontinence?

Many reasons. There are several types of urinary incontinence. Every patient has different combination of symptoms. Usual causes are childbirth, pregnancy, heavy lifting, previous surgery and idiopathic. Urinary incontinence occurs in one out of three women over the age of 60 - clearly a very common problem. Read more...
Whatever do you mean. The real answer to your question is twofold. The female urethra is only 2 inches long & the urethral sphincter is on the wispy side, as sphincters go. When it doesn't work pefectly, stress incontinence, leakage occurring with physical exertion like cough, sneeze, etc occurs. When the bladder itself decides to empty without permission, urge incontinence (overactive bladder) occurs. Read more...
Relative to Men, Yes. Urinary leakage in women results from weakened pelvic muscles, poor urethra closure or overactive bladder. The first two are stress type leakage (straining results in a spurt of urine); the last is overactive bladder(oab) squeezing. Aging, childbirth, pelvic surgery and trauma can cause stress or oab leakage; men's prostates usually help them not leak, but often result in retention (can't go pee). Read more...
Kids & hormones. Our (women's) pelvis is built with large opening in the bone to let us birth a child. That opening, at the bottom of our body & supporting all our weight) allows gravity to pull and strain support for bladder. Carrying a pregnancy & birthing a child can damage support for bladder control. But even overactive bladder is more common & worsens after menopause. Estrogen affects bladder function. Read more...

Does urinary incontinence occur in men as well as women?

Yes. In men the cause is usually benign prostatic hypertrophy and in women weakness of urinary bladder muscles and cystocele. My line of practice in surgery and self-healing meditation to treat cancers and chronic illnesses as a secondary support managment of complementary medicine. Read more...
Yes. However men should contact their physician right away because it's less common and usually indicates a condition that should be treated. It might simply be due to an enlarging prostate, but bladder infections require immediate treatment, and neurological causes need to be identified. Read more...

Is it safe for a woman to put baby powder in her underwear for urinary incontinence?

Sure . That is not harmful. A better solution is to get your incontinence fixed. Medication can fix in some cases. Others require a very simple surgery called a urethral sling. Read more...

What is d solution to urinary incontinence in a 77 yr old woman? D urine comes without notice and usually at night.

Need to see doc. Incontinence at night in bed in an older woman is usually urge incontinence. The bladder muscles squeezes down to empty urine without the patient wanting that to happen. Can be related to low hormones, infections, prolapse issues, diet, medications, back problems.....Probably needs to be seen by a urogynecologist or urologist. Read more...
Incontinence. Urinary incontinence can have a variety of causes. You should see a urologist for proper work up and treatment options. Read more...