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Health Tip: What's Causing Urinary Incontinence?

Possible causes among women

(HealthDay News) -- Urinary incontinence is the medical term that describes the frequent or significant leakage of urine.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers this list of common causes among women:

  • A urinary tract infection.
  • Weakened or stretched muscles in the pelvis, often the result of pregnancy, childbirth or simply getting older.
  • An abnormality in the urinary tract.
  • A neuromuscular disorder that affects muscle control.
  • A side effect of some medications, notably diuretics.
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