Urinary incontinence is the accidental loss of urine. More than 15 million American men and women suffer from this disease. Many of these people suffer in silence unnecessarily, and are prevented from doing activities and living the life they want to lead. For millions of Americans, incontinence is not just a medical problem. It is a problem that also affects emotional, psychological and social well-being. Many people are afraid to participate in normal daily activities that might take them too far from a toilet, so it is particularly important to note that the great majority of incontinence causes can be treated successfully.
Below are a list of conditions and diseases that contribute and/or cause urinary incontinence:
- urinary tract or vaginal infections
- effects of medications
- weakness of certain muscles in the pelvis
- blocked urethra due to an enlarged prostate
- Diseases and disorders involving the nervous system muscles (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury and stroke).
- some types of surgery
- pregnancy and childbirth
- overactive bladder
- weakness of the muscles holding the bladder in place
- weakness of the sphincter muscles surrounding the urethra
- birth defects
- enlarged prostate
- spinal cord injuries
To learn more about incontinence please visit the Urology Care Foundation website.