Urinary incontinence is often a symptom of other health problems. As such, it can't always be prevented. But, you can take steps to lower your risk of urinary problems by:
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Last reviewed December 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 1/22/2019