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Causes of Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is common, and you’re certainly not alone if you’re experiencing it. There are various types of incontinence and many things that can cause and trigger the condition.

Common causes of incontinence

Incontinence isn’t confined to one gender and isn’t exclusively linked to ageing. Some of the common causes of incontinence include:


Pregnancy & childbirth

Increased pressure on the bladder during pregnancy, or damage caused during childbirth, can cause incontinence.

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A decrease in oestrogen during menopause can weaken pelvic tissue muscles and reduce bladder control.

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Prostate conditions

Factors related to the prostate, such as enlargement, cancer or surgery, are the most common causes of incontinence in men.

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Other causes of incontinence

Urinary incontinence can be short-term or long-term, depending on the cause. If the cause can be treated, it may treat your incontinence too. Other causes of incontinence include:

Urinary tract infections

A regular or overwhelming urge to urinate may be a symptom of a UTI, which can be treated with antibiotics.

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Bladder infections

The most common type of UTI, urge incontinence can occur for some experiencing a bladder infection.

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Kidney infections

Kidney infections are often the result of an untreated UTI. Common symptoms include a frequent need to urinate.

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Vaginal prolapse

Prolapse is often caused by the weakening of the pelvic floor, which can result in stress incontinence.

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Urinary retention

Classed as either acute or chronic, urinary retention is the body’s inability to completely empty the bladder.

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Bladder cancer

In extreme cases, a change in urinary habits can be a sign of bladder cancer.

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What can trigger incontinence?

The causes of incontinence vary, and can include infections, medical conditions, or because of surgery. The condition is often temporary, such as during pregnancy. In some cases, incontinence is treatable, and the condition is always manageable.

Aside from the causes listed above, other reasons you might experience incontinence include:

  • Increased pressure on the belly, from being overweight
  • Regular straining from constipation, damaging the pelvic floor
  • Chronic coughing – caused by smoking – weakening muscles
  • Certain medications, including some antidepressants, diuretics and sedatives

The cause often varies by age and gender. Women are more likely to experience incontinence, often due to damage to the pelvic floor. In men, the condition is usually related to the prostate, including an enlarged prostate or surgery.

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