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At some point in their lives, many women have times when they feel they cannot control their bladder. It can happen when you have a full bladder and you cough or sneeze. But this may happen only occasionally and does not affect their daily lives.
More serious or permanent urinary incontinence is a possible complication of this procedure. There are several possible causes, including a bladder infection, damage to nerves controlling your bladder and pelvic muscles, or damage to or scarring of the bladder or urethra, which is the tube that drains your bladder when you urinate. It may even result from the original health problem that meant you needed a hysterectomy.
Treatment depends on why you cannot control your bladder. For example, if it's caused by a bladder infection, the problem may go away after taking antibiotics to clear up the infection. In other cases, it may be reversed by doing exercises to strengthen and retrain the bladder and pelvic muscles. Your doctor would discuss with you the proper treatment for your specific situation.
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