Urinary Incontinence News and Research

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Urinary incontinence (UI), or the unintentional loss of urine, is a problem for more than 13 million Americans—85 percent of them women. Although about half of the elderly have episodes of incontinence, bladder problems are not a natural consequence of aging, and they are not exclusively a problem of the elderly.

Incontinence has several causes. Women are most likely to develop incontinence either during pregnancy and childbirth, or after the hormonal changes of menopause, because of weakened pelvic muscles. Older men can become incontinent as the result of prostate surgery. Pelvic trauma, spinal cord damage, caffeine, or medications including cold or over-the-counter diet tablets also can cause episodes of incontinence.

But even though urinary incontinence can be improved in 8 out of 10 cases, fewer than half of those with bladder problems ever discuss the condition with their health care professional. The condition often goes untreated.
Men with prostate cancer can have healthy sex lives after surgery

Men with prostate cancer can have healthy sex lives after surgery

Two-thirds of women over 40 suffer from bladder leakage, research shows

Two-thirds of women over 40 suffer from bladder leakage, research shows

Gold nanoparticles shown to safely, effectively ablate low- to intermediate-grade prostate tumors

Gold nanoparticles shown to safely, effectively ablate low- to intermediate-grade prostate tumors

Common medications can masquerade as dementia in seniors

Common medications can masquerade as dementia in seniors

Transobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinence

Transobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinence

Study reveals long-term benefits of stress urinary incontinence surgery

Study reveals long-term benefits of stress urinary incontinence surgery

World’s first clinical guidance on anal sex after prostate cancer treatments

World’s first clinical guidance on anal sex after prostate cancer treatments

New vaginal mesh guidelines 'insufficient' and potentially harmful

New vaginal mesh guidelines 'insufficient' and potentially harmful

NSF offers grant to improve treatment approaches for pelvic organ prolapse

NSF offers grant to improve treatment approaches for pelvic organ prolapse

Hormonal treatment associated with depression in men with prostate cancer

Hormonal treatment associated with depression in men with prostate cancer

Prostate cancer treatment breakthrough

Prostate cancer treatment breakthrough

Study examines effect of herbal medicine product on bedwetting in children

Study examines effect of herbal medicine product on bedwetting in children

Australian women urged to increase physical activity and prevent chronic disease

Australian women urged to increase physical activity and prevent chronic disease

Researchers compare treatment options for fecal incontinence

Researchers compare treatment options for fecal incontinence

Study examines performance of skilled nursing care residents with cognitive difficulties

Study examines performance of skilled nursing care residents with cognitive difficulties

Childbirth delivery mode linked with woman’s risk of developing pelvic floor disorders

Childbirth delivery mode linked with woman’s risk of developing pelvic floor disorders

Study: Drug reduces hot flash frequency, improves quality of life in breast cancer survivors

Study: Drug reduces hot flash frequency, improves quality of life in breast cancer survivors

Study uses gold nanoparticles to remove prostate cancer cells

Study uses gold nanoparticles to remove prostate cancer cells

Men with early prostate cancer choose lower survival odds to improve quality of life

Men with early prostate cancer choose lower survival odds to improve quality of life

PolyU develops multi-function nighttime monitoring system for elderly with dementia

PolyU develops multi-function nighttime monitoring system for elderly with dementia