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There are a number of complications that can occur as a result of urinary incontinence. These are outlined below.

Skin problems

If you have urinary incontinence, you may develop sores, a rash, or a skin infection due to your skin being wet all the time.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

If you have urinary incontinence your risk of getting urinary tract infections is increased.


Prolapse is a complication of urinary incontinence that can occur in women. It happens when part of the vagina, bladder, and in some cases urethra, drop down into the entrance of the vagina. Weak pelvic floor muscles often contribute to the problem. Prolapse usually needs to be repaired using surgery.

Day-to-day activities

Urinary incontinence can prevent you from taking in part in normal, day-to-day activities. For example, you may not feel comfortable socialising, taking part in sports, or group activities, or travelling long distances.

Working life

Urinary incontinence can have a negative impact on your work life. The feeling of needing to constantly urinate may affect your ability to concentrate, and you may need to get up from your desk to visit the toilet frequently. You may also feel very tired if your urinary incontinence continually disrupts your sleep.

Personal life

Urinary incontinence can also often have a negative impact on your personal life. Those close to you may find it difficult to understand your condition, and you may find it embarrassing as well as frustrating. You may avoid having sex due to the risk of urine leakage. Anxiety and depression are common conditions for those with urinary incontinence.

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