What causes urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is often caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. In women, they may have been damaged by pregnancy and/or childbirth. In men, it’s often due to problems with the prostate or a post-operative complication of prostate surgery. However, being overweight, doing a job which involves heavy lifting, suffering from constipation, having a chronic cough or a neurological condition (eg MS or diabetes) can also affect bladder control. The ageing process does not help.

Types of bladder problems

  • Frequency – day or night
  • Urgency
  • Urge incontinence
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Giggle incontinence
  • Overflow incontinence
  • Functional incontinence
  • After-dribble
  • Inability to pass urine and/or empty bladder

Professional help

Vicky is a qualified physiotherapist who has specialised in treating men and women with continence problems. She works holistically with patients on an individual basis, tailoring their treatment to meet their needs. This involves asking some detailed questions to identify what is causing their problems and to assess whether pelvic floor muscle training is appropriate.