Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition in men and women that involves the involuntary loss of urine. It can occur while laughing, coughing, sneezing or jogging, which is known as stress incontinence. It can also come on as a strong urge to urinate without enough time to reach a bathroom, known as urge incontinence. While neither condition is serious, they can be embarrassing and affect your daily life.
UI can affect people of all ages, but women are especially susceptible during and after pregnancy. They are often caused by a urinary tract infection or weak muscles in the urinary tract. Weak muscles may prevent you from closing off the urethra while doing certain activities. Urinary incontinence can usually be diagnosed through a medical examination and simple tests. Treatment may include life changes, medication or several minimally invasive procedures.