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Incontinence & Overactive Bladder Health Center

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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

Putting an Overactive Bladder to Bed

After a long day, you’ve settled down for a comfortable night’s sleep. You’re just drifting off when suddenly you feel a warm wetness between your legs -- something you haven’t felt since you were about 5 years old. You’ve wet the bed. For the approximately 16% of people over the age of 18 who have an overactive bladder (OAB), this kind of upsetting incident can become a regular occurrence. Even if they make it to the bathroom in time, they wake up so often to urinate that they aren’t getting a...

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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: September 09, 2014
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