What Increases Your Risk
Sometimes several things
combine to cause
urinary incontinence. For example, a woman may have
had multiple childbirths, be older, and have a severe cough because of
chronic bronchitis or smoking. All of these might
contribute to her incontinence problem.
Physical conditions that
make urinary incontinence more likely include:
Pregnancy and vaginal delivery. Having had a
hysterectomy. Obesity or being overweight. Older age. Bladder stones. Structural abnormalities of the urinary tract. Blockage of the bladder. Chronic
Diseases and conditions that may cause urinary
Medicines and foods that may make urinary incontinence worse include:
Caffeinated and carbonated drinks, such as coffee, tea, and soda pop. Alcohol drinks. Prescription medicines that increase urine production (such as diuretics) or relax the bladder (such as anticholinergics and antidepressants). Smoking.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 14, 2014
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