A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health

Skip Navigation

Womens Health logo

Subscribe to health news headlines email updates.


Health Headlines

divider line
health day

Health Tip: Concerned About Urinary Incontinence?

(HealthDay News) -- Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the flow of urine. In addition to being a medical problem, it affects a person's behavior and overall well-being.

The Urology Care Foundation says possible causes of urinary incontinence include:

  • A vaginal or urinary tract infection.
  • Constipation
  • Side effect of certain medications.
  • A post-surgical reaction.
  • Pregnancy or delivery of a child.
  • An enlarged prostate.
  • A disorder affecting the muscles, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury or stroke.
  • Diabetes.
  • Overactive bladder.

Return to top