Urinary incontinence leakage of urine, which may be due to bladder dysfunction or dysfunction of muscles supporting the bladder, among other reasons. Urinary incontinence can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or other physical problems. Common foods, drinks and medications can cause urinary incontinence, including alcohol, caffeine, heart medications, artificial sweeteners, or products that are high in spice, sugar and acid.
The severity of this problem ranges from an occasional urine leak when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that is so strong you can’t get to a toilet in time.
If you experience a type of urinary incontinence, your doctor may perform some of the following tests to confirm a diagnosis:
Treatments for urinary incontinence depend on the type of incontinence, the severity of the problem and the underlying cause. A combination of treatments may be needed and your doctor will work with you to determine the approach that is best for you. Typical treatments may include behavioral techniques, physical therapy, medications, medical devices and interventional therapies. In some cases, surgery is an option if other treatments do not work.