Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. It may cause social or hygiene problems. It is not a disease but rather a symptom of a problem with the urinary tract. Although it is more common in older adults than in younger adults, it is not considered a normal part of the aging process.
An adult may lose the ability to control his or her bladder or bowels for many reasons. The loss of control may be temporary or permanent, depending on the reason for the loss of control. These reasons include:
Uncontrollable leakage of urine may also be caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI). Treating the UTI usually will cure this problem.
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