Urinary incontinence is generally caused by a disease or condition that damages the urinary system (bladder, urethra, and/or urinary sphincter), damages the nerves to the urinary system, and/or irritates that bladder. Depending on the cause, urinary incontinence can be temporary or permanent.
Temporary incontinence is sometimes caused by drinking too much fluid in a short period of time or drinking fluids that increase fluid production or stimulate the bladder (e.g., alcohol, caffeinated beverages). It can also be caused by:
- Bladder irritation
- Urinary tract infection
- Certain medications
Permanent or persistent incontinence is sometimes caused by prostate cancer or prostate gland removal. Other causes of persistent incontinence may include:
- Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis)
- Enlarged prostate
- Bladder stones
- Bladder cancer
- Neurological disorders
- Bladder obstruction
The links below will give you a more in-depth overview of the causes of urinary incontinence.
Causes of Temporary Incontinence
Causes of Persistent or Acquired Incontinence
For more information on causes of urinary incontinence, contact Leroy Jones, MD, urology specialist of San Antonio.