Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control, which is a common and embarrassing condition. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time. Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. It can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems. Certain drinks, foods and medications may act as diuretics — stimulating your bladder and increasing your volume of urine.
Many people experience occasional, minor leaks of urine. Others may lose small to moderate amounts of urine more frequently.