What Is Transient Incontinence?

Defining This Temporary Form of Urinary Incontinence

Have you ever had a cold and leaked urine when you coughed or sneezed? If you have, then you have experienced transient incontinence, a temporary type of urinary incontinence caused by an illness or a specific medical condition that is short-lived and quickly remedied by appropriate treatment of the condition and a disappearance of symptoms.

The various causes of transient incontinence include some medications, urinary tract infections, and sometimes pregnancy, when, as the fetus grows larger and larger, it begins pressing on the bladder.

The good news about transient incontinence is, again, that it is temporary. When your cold is better, or when your urinary tract infection goes away, the urine leakage stops.

If you think your medication may be causing transient urinary incontinence, talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of switching to a different drug.

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What Else You Should Know About Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence. Incontinence is the loss of voluntary control of bowel movements or urination. It is a symptom or a condition, rather than a disease, and can be caused by a variety of different processes, including damage to the sphincter muscles, anal surgery, certain medications, systemic diseases, chemotherapy, or conditions that affect the functioning of the nervous system.

Understanding the Causes of Urinary Incontinence. Urinary incontinence can involve urgency incontinence (the need to get to bathroom quickly to urinate) or stress incontinence (worsened by coughing, laughing or other pressure on the pelvis). Which one it is depends upon the underlying cause.

What Type Of Doctors Diagnose And Treat Urinary Incontinence? Several types of doctors can diagnose and provide treatment for urinary incontinence, including urologists, urogynecologists, OB/GYNs, family care physicians, and internal medicine practitioners.

Urinary incontinence is a fairly common problem for men and women, especially over the age of 60. Nearly half of women have a bladder control problem during their lives, while one in three older men may develop this condition, especially related to prostate problems.

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By Tracee Cornforth
Tracee Cornforth is a freelance writer who covers menstruation, menstrual disorders, and other women's health issues.