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    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:

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    Diseases and conditions that may cause urinary incontinence include:

    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

    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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