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What causes urinary incontinence and urinary retention? 4 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Benign Enlargement of Prostate

Benign enlargement of the prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a common condition where the prostate gland swells beyond normal size. It is a normal condition of male aging but can interfere with urination.

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Urethral Stricture

Usually the urethra is wide enough for urine to flow freely through it. When it narrows, it can restrict urinary flow. This is known as a urethral stricture.

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Neurogenic Bladder

Your bladder relies on muscles to contract and release when you are ready to urinate. Your brain typically regulates this process, but sometimes the message that you need to urinate is not sent from your brain to you...

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Prostate Cancer Overview

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