Healthy Moments Episode

What Is Urinary Incontinence?

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Sep 16, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control, and encourages women, men, and children to see a doctor if you’re having symptoms.


Do you sometimes leak urine before you get to the bathroom or when you cough or sneeze? If so, you may have urinary incontinence and should see a doctor.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Although more common in women, urinary incontinence may also occur in men and children.

Most problems happen when bladder muscles become too active or pelvic floor muscles that help hold urine in the bladder become too weak.

  • If bladder muscles are too active, you may feel a strong urge to urinate that you cannot control.
  • If pelvic floor muscles are weak, you may leak urine when you cough or sneeze.
Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. The good news is there are many treatments available besides medications and surgery.

To learn more about urinary incontinence, follow us on Twitter  @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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