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Bladder Health & Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control, which can happen to men, women, and children at any age. Incontinence may be the result of nerve damage, stress, poor muscle tone, or other factors. Treatment depends on the cause and can range from performing simple exercises to surgery.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Urinary Incontinence
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public. Site features extensive information about urinary incontinence and how to keep the bladder healthy.

Adult Urologic Conditions: The Bladder
Developed by the American Urological Foundation for consumers, this site features multimedia resources for topics ranging from urinary incontinence to urinary tract infections. More than 20 topics are addressed.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This site features tools to increase knowledge and understanding about diseases of the kidneys and urologic system among people with these conditions, health care professionals, and the general public.


  • Atlas of bladder disease. Staskin D. 2010.
  • Managing and treating urinary incontinence. Newman D. 2009.
  • Overcoming urinary incontinence: a woman’s guide to treatment. Safir M. 2008.
  • You go girl! But only when you want to. Lavender M. 2007
  • ABC of urology. Dawson C, ed. 2006.
  • Regaining bladder control: What every woman needs to know. Rogers RG. 2006.
  • A seat on the aisle, please! The essential guide to urinary tract problems in women. Kavaler E. 2006.
  • Official patient’s sourcebook on urinary incontinence. Icon Health Publications. 2005.
  • Official patient’s sourcebook on feminine urinary incontinence. Icon Health Publications. 2005.
  • Official patient’s sourcebook on male urinary incontinence. Icon Health Publications. 2005.
  • Overcoming overactive bladder: Your complete self-care guide. Newman DK. 2004.
  • Beyond Kegels: Fabulous four exercises and more to prevent and treat incontinence. Hulme JA, 2002.
  • Gale encyclopedia of medicine. Longe J.L., ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health+library+virtual+library.

Journals Articles

  • “Bladder control: treatment can help.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter, 28(6):1-3. Jun. 2010
  • “Regaining control of your bladder.” Harvard Health Letter. 35(2):5-7. Dec. 2009
  • “Stress incontinence: surgical treatments for women.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 26(8):1-3. Aug. 2008
  • “Facing incontinence after prostate surgery.” Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health after 50. 20(4):4-5. Jun. 2008
  • “Exercise wards off urinary incontinence in older women.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 24(9):4. September 2007
  • “Biofeedback and other therapies for the treatment of urinary incontinence in the elderly.” Cherniak EP. Alternative Medicine Review. 11(3): 224–231. September 2006

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center at 312.926.5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011