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Causes of Incontinence


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The muscles of the pelvic floor are located inside the pelvis between the pubic bone in front, and the tail bone (coccyx) in back. They function as support for the internal organs, help control elimination from the bladder and bowel, assist with labor and delivery of a baby, and are involved in sexual response.

Weakness or atrophy in the pelvic floor muscles or structural defects of the pelvic organs can cause or contribute to incontinence. Hypertonus or increased tension in the pelvic floor muscles can cause or contribute to pelvic pain. The effects of childbirth, infertility treatment, natural aging, obesity, menopause, previous pelvic surgery, chronic straining, radiation and chemotherapy, and longer life spans are the leading causes for these disorders.

Watch an animated video about the process of urination.

Find out if you have bladder control issues.

1.      Do you experience urinary leakage when you cough, sneeze, laugh, lift heavy objects or exercise?
2.      Do you get up more than three times at night to urinate?
3.      When you're in a new environment, is your first task to seek out a bathroom?
4.      Do you often experience an urgency or frequency to urinate?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may have a bladder control problem. Remember, urinary incontinence is common - but it is certainly not normal. 

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