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Urinary Incontinence

Updated: December 10, 2018

What Is It?

Urinary incontinence is a loss of control over urination. Urine leaks before you are able to get to a toilet.  

Normally, kidneys make urine that travels through tubes (called ureters) into the bladder.  The bladder is a balloon-shaped structure with walls of muscle.  The muscular walls are relaxed until the bladder fills up.  The underside of the bladder is supported by pelvic floor muscles. 

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