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What Causes It?

Urinary incontinence can occur for many reasons, such as:
Sometimes urinary incontinence lasts longer. Urinary incontinence might be due to other problems such as:
Aging does not cause urinary incontinence.
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Types of Urinary Incontinence

There are several different types of urinary incontinence, including:
  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence (overactive bladder)
  • Overflow incontinence
  • Functional incontinence.
Stress Incontinence
Stress incontinence happens when urine leaks during activities, including:
  • Exercise
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Laughing
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Other body movements that put pressure on the bladder.
This type of urinary incontinence is the most common type of bladder control problem in younger and middle-aged women. In some cases, urinary incontinence is related to childbirth. Stress urinary incontinence may also begin around the time of menopause.
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