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What causes urinary incontinence?

I work at a job where I must stand at least 5 hours straight. Can this cause me to have weak control of my bladder? If I drive for a while, when I get home, I can hardly make it to the bathroom and sometimes I can t, causing leakage that I cannot control. Can standing cause this?
Thu, 8 Jun 2017
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Urinary incontinence is common among women after 50 and usually is caused by urinary infections or weakened pelvic floor. This is also a common and often embarrassing problem. If overactive or incontinent bladder affects your daily activities, don't hesitate to see your doctor.

For most people, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease discomfort. It is treated with specific medications, pelvic floor muscles exercises, electric stimulation of behavioral treatment and in most cases this is adequate for incontinence control. If cystitis is a cause as a bacterial infection then it must be treated with antibiotics. Surgical options are reserved for severe and intractable cases.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein
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What causes urinary incontinence?

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Urinary incontinence is common among women after 50 and usually is caused by urinary infections or weakened pelvic floor. This is also a common and often embarrassing problem. If overactive or incontinent bladder affects your daily activities, don t hesitate to see your doctor. For most people, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease discomfort. It is treated with specific medications, pelvic floor muscles exercises, electric stimulation of behavioral treatment and in most cases this is adequate for incontinence control. If cystitis is a cause as a bacterial infection then it must be treated with antibiotics. Surgical options are reserved for severe and intractable cases. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein