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What Is Transient Incontinence?


Updated June 19, 2014

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Question: What Is Transient Incontinence?
Answer: Have you ever had a cold and leaked urine when you coughed or sneezed? If you have, then you have experienced transient incontinence: a temporary type of urinary incontinence. Other causes of transient incontinence include some medications, urinary tract infections, and sometimes pregnancy, when, as the fetus grows larger and larger it begins pressing on the bladder muscles.

The good news about transient incontinence is that it is temporary -– when your cold is better, or when your urinary tract infection goes away, urine leakage stops.

If you think your medication may be causing transient urinary incontinence, talk to your doctor about the possibility of switching to a different drug.


Urinary Incontinence In Women. NIDDK / NIH. http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/uiwomen/. Accessed 04/22/10.

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