Recent Blog Articles
Some men whose prostate cancer progresses can safely delay treatment
Heart-healthy habits for children and teens lengthen lives
Monkeypox: An unfamiliar virus spreading fast — sound familiar?
Diabetes: Does a long-term study reinforce or change approaches to prevention?
War anxiety: How to cope
Can we prevent depression in older adults by treating insomnia?
Want to try veganism? Here's how to get started
Vitamin B6 flies under the radar: Are you getting enough?
The formula shortage is hurting families: What parents should know and do
Gyn Care 101: What to know about seeing a gynecologist
Regaining control of your bladder
Medications and surgery can cure urinary incontinence, but first try cutting back on fluids and exercising the pelvic floor.
From an early age, we learn to fend off the urge to urinate and instead "hold it" till we can get to a bathroom. But many people lose the ability to control when they urinate. In the brain-versus-bladder tug-of-war, the bladder seems to gain the upper hand. Often it's a matter of small leaks of urine now and then, but it's common for the problem to be a much bigger one, because of either the frequency of the leakage, the amount of urine that comes out, or both.
To continue reading this article, you must log in.
Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.
- Research health conditions
- Check your symptoms
- Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
- Find the best treatments and procedures for you
- Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.Sign Me Up
Already a member? Login ».
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles.
No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.
Free Healthbeat Signup
Get the latest in health news delivered to your inbox!