Causes of urinary incontinence (part 2)

Urinary incontinence can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems. A thorough evaluation by your doctor can help determine what's behind your incontinence.

Temporary urinary incontinence:

Certain drinks, foods and medications may act as diuretics — stimulating your bladder and increasing your volume of urine. They include:

•    Alcohol

•    Caffeine

•    Carbonated drinks and sparkling water

•    Artificial sweeteners

•    Chocolate

•    Chili peppers

•    Foods that are high in spice, sugar or acid, especially citrus fruits

•    Heart and blood pressure medications, sedatives, and muscle relaxants

•    Large doses of vitamin C

Urinary incontinence may also be caused by an easily treatable medical condition, such as:

Urinary tract infection: Infections can irritate your bladder, causing you to have strong urges to urinate and, sometimes, incontinence.

Constipation: The rectum is located near the bladder and shares many of the same nerves. Hard, compacted stool in your rectum causes these nerves to be overactive and increase urinary frequency.

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic