For some people, the phrase “gotta go” carries an embarrassing urgency that could point to urinary problems such as incontinence or overactive bladder. Here are the most common types of female and male incontinence, foods that frequently trigger bladder problems, and the most often suggested ways to help manage the conditions.


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Stress incontinence

You experience urine leakage when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising. Usually caused when the muscles or nerves that help the urethra keep urine in the bladder have been damaged.

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incontinence and overactive bladders.

Caffeinated drinks: The caffeine in coffee, tea and some soft drinks can have a diuretic effect, which increases the need to urinate and could also aggravate bladder spasms.

Artificial sweeteners: Beverages with aspartame or saccharine also could irritate the bladder and cause urination problems. 

Acidic foods and juices: Citrus fruits and juices, and food made with tomatoes have a higher chance of irritating the overactive bladder.



Overflow incontinence

It takes a long time to urinate, or you feel like you “have to go,” but can’t. Difficulty urinating usually means the bladder can't empty effectively - often because of a blockage or narrowing.

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence: You need to go the bathroom a lot — and might wet yourself if you don’t get there soon enough. Usually caused when the bladder contracts too often, uncontrollably.


Treatment depends on the type of urinary incontinence and may include:

• Physical therapy, biofeedback
• Medications
• Botox injection
• Electrical Nerve Stimulation (Neuromodulation)
• Bulking agents
• Surgery (sling surgery, artificial urinary sphincter)

More women than men suffer from incontinence — in fact, about half of  adult women say they’ve experienced uncontrolled urine leakage at least once.

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