Understanding Incontinence

Educate yourself about urinary incontinence. The inability to control urination is a symptom rather than a distinct disease and may be temporary or permanent. It can result from a variety of problems in the urinary tract and its cause is often hard to determine.

  • Introduction
    Read a condensed overview of incontinence, including descriptions of how the condition works, diagrams, statistics and risk factors.
  • Types of Incontinence
    Learn about urge, stress, overflow and functional incontinence.
  • Risk Factors
    Discover how genetics and a healthy urinary tract play a role in your incontinence risk.
  • Complications
    You've got a good idea that it's incontinence--here you'll find the details on getting a diagnosis and determine the causes of the problem.
  • Related Disorders
    Read our health encyclopedia guides to disorders commonly linked to incontinence.
  • Diagnosis
    Once you've got a diagnosis you can determine the trajectory of your treatment. Read about factors affecting prognosis here.
  • Treatment
    Learn about the three main approaches to treatment: medication, retraining and surgery.
  • Resources
    Find additional resources and organizations who can help you deal with incontinence.
  • References