Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of bladder control.
This condition is much more common in women because it is often related to childbirth. Vaginal deliveries can stretch and tear the nerves and muscles that support and control bladder function. These injuries are not always noticed until menopause when estrogen levels drop and the tissues weaken even further. Straining from constipation or a chronic cough may cause the problem to become worse. Though many women develop UI as they grow older, this disorder is not a normal part of aging.