The Doctors: Urinary Incontinence: Causes, Types & Triggers


The Drs: Urinary Incontinence

Are you going to the bathroom too much? Do you have trouble making it to the toilet in time? These could be signs of Urinary Incontinence, which affects about 13 million Americans.

From Pfizer, Dr Freda Lewis-Hall returned to The Doctors to chat with Dr Travis Stork about Urinary Incontinence, which she said can be embarrassing for patients. That’s why about half of sufferers may never reach out to get help for their symptoms.


Urinary Incontinence: The Drs

The Doctors discussed Urinary Incontinence, which affects millions. Learn the symptoms in men vs women & how it can be treated.

She said that a healthy bladder stores urine, allowing you to go to the bathroom when you want to. But with Urinary Incontinence, you could be going frequently and uncontrollably.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

There could be many related conditions or factors for patients with Urinary Incontinence.

  • Aging
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

The Doctors: Types of Urinary Incontinence

There are also different forms of Urinary Incontinence.

  • Stress Incontinence – Leakage due to pressure on bladder (sneezing, laughing, etc.)
  • Urge Incontinence – Strong need to urinate (can’t make it in time)

The Drs: Women & Urinary Incontinence

Dr Freda Lewis-Hall said patients could have symptoms of both types, adding that women are about five times as likely to have Urinary Incontinence.

That’s often a result of pregnancy, which can weaken pelvic muscles or cause nerve damage. In other cases, hormonal changes associated with Menopause can weaken muscles. Kegel Exercises can possibly strengthen those muscles and give women back control.

The Doctors: Men & Urinary Incontinence

Men are more likely to experience symptoms as they get older. Other factors for male patients can include:

  • Prostate Cancer Treatment
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Age

“But we shouldn’t think of this as a normal condition of aging,” Dr Lewis-Hall said. This can be a symptom of a more serious condition, and even if not, your doctor may be able to help you find a solution to your Urinary Incontinence symptoms.

Incontinence Triggers

Dr Travis listed some common triggers patients can avoid when trying to control this condition.

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated Beverages

Dr Lewis-Hall said that there is hope for patients, because this condition can have such a negative impact on various aspects of life. She suggested checking out her website for more resources.



  1. Sally says

    This article about incontinence is under researched. There are several addiitonal types of incontinence as well as a huge variety of conditions (not just a handful… come on now) that cause incontinence. My intelligence has been insulted.

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