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Expected Duration

Urinary incontinence may be a short-term problem. This is likely if it is related to pregnancy or to a UTI.

Urinary incontinence is more often a long-term problem if it results from:

  • Muscle weakness

  • Pelvic injury

  • Nerve problems

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