Urine travels down tubes called ureters into a muscular sac
called the urinary bladder, which stores the urine.
When you are ready to go to the bathroom,
your brain tells your system to relax.
travels out of your bladder through a tube called the urethra. You release
urine by relaxing the urethral sphincter and contracting the bladder muscles.
The urethral sphincter is a group of muscles that tightens to hold urine in and
loosens to let it out.
Urinary incontinence is very common. But some people are too embarrassed to get
help. The good news is that millions of men and women are being successfully
treated and cured.
Reading this booklet will help you. But it is
important to tell your health care provider (such as a doctor or nurse) about
the problem. You may even want to bring this booklet with you to help you talk
about your incontinence.
Incontinence can be caused by
other conditions that are not temporary. Other causes of incontinence are:
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