It is not uncommon for women to leak small amounts of urine from time to time. When the involuntary loss of urine becomes frequent or is enough to affect your daily living, it is called urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a common problem, estimated to effect more than 13 million Americans and, in most cases, can be treated with success.
If you think you may have urinary incontinence, it is important for you to know that you don’t have to live with it. Women wait an average of nine years to seek treatment, often because they say, “It’s not so bad,” or they fear treatment.
Urinary Incontinence Questionnaire (PDF)
There are many possible causes of urinary incontinence. For example:
- Abnormalities of the tissues and organs in the urinary tract
- Hormone problems
- Nervous system problems
- Pelvic support problems
- Side effects of certain medications
- Overactive Bladder (Urge Incontinence)