What is Urinary Incontinence?

Approximately 3.5 million Canadians suffer from urinary incontinence (urine leakage). 95% are women. Many individuals believe that this is a natural part of aging and are embarrassed to talk about urine leakage.

Incontinence is often dealt with through the use of feminine hygiene pads or avoiding activities that may cause an 'accident'. Often women begin to change their daily routine to revolve around the location of the nearest washroom. All of these factors can greatly decrease their quality of life.

Health professionals have known for a long time that incontinence is NOT an inevitable part of aging. There is usually an underlying physical cause. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly reduce or even eliminate the problem. Even when incontinence has been a problem for a long time there is still the possibility for successful treatment.

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Last Updated April 25, 2016 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada