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Stress incontinence, caused by a weakening of the muscles, increases after menopause and is the most common bladder control issue for women. Common causes include a blockage in the urinary system, nerve and muscle problems, or dementia or other mental health problems that make it hard to feel and respond to the urge to urinate.
We may ask you to keep a “bladder diary” prior to your physical exam and usually can diagnose and treat the problem successfully without a referral to a specialist. We may recommend simple exercises, medications, special devices or procedures, or surgery, depending on your diagnosis and your lifestyle. We also will give you information about foods, drinks and health habits that aggravate stress incontinence.