• Causes of Incontinence

    There are many causes of urinary incontinence. Some of these causes are related to temporary conditions. Once they are treated, the incontinence usually goes away. These temporary causes include:

    • Urinary tract infection
    • Constipation
    • Certain medications
    • Increased dietary intake of caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners or carbonated beverages 

    Other causes of incontinence, though permanent in nature, can often be treated. These causes include:

    • Weakness of the muscles holding the bladder in place
    • Weakness of the bladder and/or the sphincter muscles
    • Over- or underactive bladder muscles
    • Decreases in certain hormones, especially estrogen
    • Neurological disorders (i.e., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease)
    • Blockage of the urethra (i.e., prostate enlargement)