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What Happens

Urinary incontinence usually starts gradually and slowly becomes worse. As it gets worse, a woman may:

  • Avoid going out in public because of embarrassment.
  • Become less active.
  • Have physical problems caused by frequent urine contact. These problems may include irritation of the groin area and more frequent urinary tract infections.

Treating the cause of incontinence often gets rid of or controls these problems.

Recommended Related to Urinary Incontinence/OAB

OAB: When You Have an Accident

An overactive bladder (OAB) doesn't have to keep you close to home. Whether your OAB symptoms are caused by age, medical issues, pregnancy, or disability, there are steps you can take to prevent accidents or to manage them discreetly when they do happen.

Read the OAB: When You Have an Accident article > >

Some bladder problems are temporary. For example, you may have a urinary tract infection that causes incontinence, but the problem goes away after the infection is cured.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 06, 2013
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