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Urinary incontinence can occur for many reasons, such as:
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Vaginal infection or irritation
- Certain medicines can cause urinary incontinence that last a short time.
Sometimes urinary incontinence lasts longer. Urinary incontinence might be due to other problems such as:
- Weak bladder muscles
- Overactive bladder muscles
- Blockage from an enlarged prostate
- Neurologic (nervous system) injury
- Birth defects
- A stroke
- Damage to nerves that control the bladder, from diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease
- Diseases, such as arthritis, that can make walking painful and slow.
Aging does not cause urinary incontinence.
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There are several different types of urinary incontinence, including:
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence (overactive bladder)
- Overflow incontinence
- Functional incontinence.
Stress incontinence happens when urine leaks during activities, including:
- 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.