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What Is Incontinence?

Incontinence is defined as a loss of bladder and/or bowel control, resulting in the involuntary loss of urine and/or stool.

What Causes Incontinence?

Understanding the cause of the incontinence will help define the treatment and management options. Normal urination involves the excretory organs, the brain and the communication pathways between the two. Any malfunction or disruption of the process of the brain sending a “bladder’s full” signal – or the excretory organ acting on that signal – can lead to incontinence. Just a few of the common causes include:

  • Weakening of the pelvic muscles
  • Certain heart and high blood pressure medications
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Illness
  • Childbirth
  • Prostate surgery
  • Hormonal changes to bladder support during menopause
  • Excess weight

For more detailed information on incontinence, click here.

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