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Urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder's sphincter muscle is not strong enough to hold back the urine. This may happen when:

  • The sphincter is too weak.
  • The bladder muscles contract too strongly.
  • The bladder is too full.

Prostate treatment is a major cause of urinary incontinence in men.

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The bladder contractions that cause urge incontinence can be caused by many conditions, including:

Overflow incontinence is usually caused by blockage of the urethra from BPH or prostate cancer. Other causes include:

You can have one or more types of incontinence. Each type may have a different cause.

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Last Updated: May 06, 2013
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