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.
What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a common health condition that involves loss of bladder control and involuntary leakage of urine. It can vary in severity, from occasionally losing a few drops of urine to leaking a substantial amount several times each day.

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Implantable smart wrap may help people who have under-active bladders

Implantable smart wrap may help people who have under-active bladders

Fewer older adults may be experiencing restricting symptoms at the end of life

Fewer older adults may be experiencing restricting symptoms at the end of life

Study shows active surveillance to be safe for African American men with low-risk prostate cancer

Study shows active surveillance to be safe for African American men with low-risk prostate cancer

UH researcher receives $1.6 million to reverse urinary incontinence

UH researcher receives $1.6 million to reverse urinary incontinence

Study examines knowledge and use of Kegels that treat and prevent urinary incontinence

Study examines knowledge and use of Kegels that treat and prevent urinary incontinence

Hemi-gland cryoablation provides a high rate of effective prostate cancer control

Hemi-gland cryoablation provides a high rate of effective prostate cancer control

Focal high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation is an effective treatment for prostate cancer

Focal high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation is an effective treatment for prostate cancer

Common class of drugs may be associated with increased risk of cognitive decline

Common class of drugs may be associated with increased risk of cognitive decline

Study examines the side effects of Alzheimer's disease dementia drugs

Study examines the side effects of Alzheimer's disease dementia drugs

Painless magnetic stimulation dramatically reduces episodes of fecal incontinence

Painless magnetic stimulation dramatically reduces episodes of fecal incontinence

Benefits of PSA screening for prostate cancer may outweigh potential harms

Benefits of PSA screening for prostate cancer may outweigh potential harms

Magnetic stimulation of rectal nerves could help treat fecal incontinence

Magnetic stimulation of rectal nerves could help treat fecal incontinence

NCCN publishes recommendations for assessing quality improvements in cancer care

NCCN publishes recommendations for assessing quality improvements in cancer care

Chronic cough could be eased with new drug

Chronic cough could be eased with new drug

Women who have more sex less likely to have early menopause

Women who have more sex less likely to have early menopause

Individualized pelvic physical therapy decreases incontinence, pain in post-prostatectomy patients

Individualized pelvic physical therapy decreases incontinence, pain in post-prostatectomy patients

National veteran dataset will help dissect the relationship between mental illness and prostate cancer

National veteran dataset will help dissect the relationship between mental illness and prostate cancer

FDA approves new drug to treat adults with advanced urothelial or bladder cancer

FDA approves new drug to treat adults with advanced urothelial or bladder cancer

NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit closes gaps in perspective of value in cancer care

NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit closes gaps in perspective of value in cancer care

Embarrassing symptoms prevent women from seeking treatment for pelvic floor disorders

Embarrassing symptoms prevent women from seeking treatment for pelvic floor disorders