Urinary Incontinence

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.

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Regular marijuana use may increase the risk of overactive bladder

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How does SARS-CoV-2 affect the male genitourinary system?

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How does COVID-19 affect sexual and bladder functions in men?

Study shows the efficacy of Yoga of Immortals mobile app for urinary incontinence

Study shows the efficacy of Yoga of Immortals mobile app for urinary incontinence

Henry Ford Health offers a non-surgical treatment option for localized prostate cancer

Henry Ford Health offers a non-surgical treatment option for localized prostate cancer

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Obesity progression may contribute to the economic burden of the disease, studies suggest

Lower urinary tract symptoms associated with mortality risk in older men

Lower urinary tract symptoms associated with mortality risk in older men

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Survey highlights mounting cases of cannabis poisoning among pets

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Medicare Advantage plans send pals to seniors’ homes for companionship — and profits

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Challenges in safely deprescribing common anticholinergic drugs

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How does SARS-CoV-2 infection impact female fertility?

Postmenopausal women more likely to have overactive bladder syndrome, study says

Postmenopausal women more likely to have overactive bladder syndrome, study says

Urinary incontinence could contribute to increased risk of falls in older adults

Urinary incontinence could contribute to increased risk of falls in older adults

Study shows higher health care costs and worse outcomes for incontinent patients

Study shows higher health care costs and worse outcomes for incontinent patients

Patient decision aids for urologic conditions fall short of quality and readability standards

Patient decision aids for urologic conditions fall short of quality and readability standards

Study finds substantial decline in physical, cognitive, or psychological health among older people

Study finds substantial decline in physical, cognitive, or psychological health among older people

Online, video-based exercise program can help postpartum women with diastasis rectus abdominis

Online, video-based exercise program can help postpartum women with diastasis rectus abdominis

Knowledge and support from primary care services can improve women's health during menopause

Knowledge and support from primary care services can improve women's health during menopause

MRI screening and targeted biopsies could reduce overdiagnoses of prostate cancer

MRI screening and targeted biopsies could reduce overdiagnoses of prostate cancer

Multiple geriatric conditions increase treatment burden in older patients with bladder cancer

Multiple geriatric conditions increase treatment burden in older patients with bladder cancer