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What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence refers to the loss of bladder control and can thereby cause involuntary leakage of urine, particularly when you cough, laugh, or sneeze.

Affecting more women than men, urinary incontinence occurs when one loses bladder control as a result of various factors, such as childbirth, and entails involuntary leakage of urine. It often occurs when coughing, laughing, or sneezing, as these actions put pressure on the bladder.

1 in 4 young women will experience urinary incontinence during their lifetime, but the condition is also prevalent among the elderly. However, with the right treatment, the condition can be kept under control.

Treatment involves medication such as oxybutynin, darifenacin, or fesoterodine, which will reduce the number of involuntary urine leakages.

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