When these muscles can't support your bladder well, the bladder drops down and pushes against the vagina . Then you can't tighten the muscles that usually close off the urethra. So urine may leak because of the extra pressure on the bladder when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise, or do other activities.
This is the most common type of urinary incontinence in women.
Urge incontinence is caused when the bladder muscle involuntarily contracts and pushes urine out of the bladder. Many times doctors don't know what causes this. But sometimes the cause is:
- Irritation of the bladder.
- Emotional stress.
- Brain conditions such as Parkinson's disease or stroke.
Other types of incontinence
Less common types of urinary incontinence have other causes. These types include: