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Overflow Incontinence in Women

Overflow incontinence is a condition when few drops of urine that comes out after you think you have finished peeing / emptying your bladder. This is sometimes called ‘dribbling’.  Such a leakage can cause embarrassment as you dribble in your underpants.  Urine leaks because there will be some more urine left in your bladder but you wouldn’t feel it. Such left over urine can also become a breeding ground for bacteria causing Urinary Tract Infection.

What causes overflow incontinence in women?

Incontinence is more common in women than men but specific overflow incontinence is more common in men than women. This is due to the enlarged prostate that typically happens in older men or removal of prostate can also cause overflow incontinence. Other causes of overflow incontinence include:

  1. Blockage of urethra, the tube that carries urine from bladder to outside the body, due to tumors, stones, growth of scar tissue, infection etc.
  2. Bladder prolapse can also cause overflow incontinence
  3. Weakened bladder muscles that can’t squeeze the bladder till it’s completely emptied out.
  4. Damage to the nerves which can hamper the communication between the bladder and brain
  5. Certain medications can lead to overflow incontinence.
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