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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.

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    Although it can be hard for women to talk about overactive bladder or sex, it may be even harder to talk about OABand sex. OAB can take its toll in many areas of your life, including your romantic relationships. "Oftentimes, women with OAB worry about urine leakage during sex or orgasm," says Jennifer Berman, MD. She is a urologist and sexual health expert at the Berman Women's Wellness Center in Los Angeles. OAB or urinary incontinence can cause physical symptoms as well as fear, anxiety,...

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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
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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