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Health Tip: What May Cause Urinary Incontinence

Factors that may increase your risk

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(HealthDay News) -- The inability to fully control the bladder, a condition known as urinary incontinence, has many potential causes and treatments.

The website says possible causes include:

  • Weakening of the pelvic muscles due to pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Lower levels of estrogen during menopause.
  • Chronic constipation.
  • Side effects from medication, such as diuretics or hormone replacement therapy.
  • Alcohol or caffeine.
  • Being overweight.
  • Nerve damage.


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