I’m in my late 30s and having problems with urinary incontinence. What causes this condition and what should I do? Page ContentDr. Colen says a woman’s urinary incontinence can be caused by some of the same factors that affect men, including an overactive bladder or from weakened muscle fibers, ligaments and tissues surrounding the pelvic diaphragm.“A woman’s weakened pelvic diaphragm is frequently caused by pregnancy and childbirth,” he says. “This can cause urinary incontinence during pregnancy and again later in life as muscles weaken through the natural aging process.”He says that along with aging, diabetes, obesity, chronic coughing and certain medications can also be contributing factors.“Nearly all women with bladder control issues can be helped,” he says. ““Nearly all women with bladder control issues can be helped,” he says. ““Nearly all women with bladder control issues can be helped,” he says. “Treatments may vary from practicing special exercises to taking medications to having surgery.”Overly frequent urinary incontinence should not be ignored. Reduced bladder control may:Indicate an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.Restrict your physical activities.Lead to withdrawal from social interactions.“If incidents of urinary incontinence are affecting your quality of life, see a doctor to determine the cause and discuss treatment options,” concludes Dr. Colen, who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus, Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center, and West Clinic locations.