Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Urinary incontinence ranges from occasional small leakages to uncontrollable sudden and strong urges to urinate.
Urinary incontinence can be temporary or persistent. Temporary urinary incontinence is caused by certain foods and drinks that stimulate your bladder or some common medical conditions such as urinary tract infection or constipation.
Persistent urinary incontinence is caused by underlying physical problems or changes, such as:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Previous pelvic surgery (hysterectomy)
- Enlarged prostate
- Prostate cancer
- Neurological disorders that may lead to nerve damage.
A number of factors may increase the risk of developing urinary incontinence, these include:
- Being female
- Being overweight
- Family history or other long-standing diseases.
If you are concerned that incontinence is affecting your lifestyle seek advice from your GP and ask to be referred to the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic.