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Although not many people talk about it, many people lose urine when they don't want to. This is called urinary incontinence. It affects both men and women and lots of people have been successfully treated and cured.

Urinary incontinence can occur at any age and has several causes. Temporary incontinence can be caused by infections in the urinary tract or the vagina or as a side-effect to medication. However, incontinence is not always temporary; sometimes people can have weak bladders or sphincter muscles. To find the exact cause of your incontinence you should consult your physician.

There are also many different types of incontinence and some people have more than one type. You should be able to identify the type of incontinence you have if you read on.

Urge Incontinence
People with urge incontinence lose urine as soon as they feel a strong need to go to the bathroom. They may also need to go to the bathroom if they hear or touch running water and they may even wet the bed.

Stress Incontinence
People with stress incontinence lose urine when they exercise or move in a certain way or when they sneeze, cough or laugh.

Overflow Incontinence
People with overflow incontinence may feel that they never completely empty their bladder. They lose small amount of urine often and feel as if they are still full after emptying their bladder.

Once the type and cause of your urinary incontinence are known, treatment can begin. There are various treatments including pelvic exercises, behavioral techniques, medication and surgery. Talk to your physician to determine which treatment you would benefit most from.