Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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This Decision Aid is for you if you are a woman:

  • between the ages of 40 and 65 (but could also be used by younger women)
  • who has a problem with leaking urine and/or has to wear a pad
  • who wants to understand urinary incontinence and options available to manage this problem
  • who wants to prepare for discussion of the options with her health care provider

Urinary incontinence is the accidental release of urine or leaking urine. It can happen when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or jog. Or you may have a sudden need to go to the bathroom but cannot get there in time. Bladder control problems are very common, especially among women. They usually do not cause major health problems, but they can be embarrassing.

Incontinence can be a short-term problem caused by a urinary tract infection, a medication, or constipation. In these situations, it gets better when you treat the problem that is causing it.