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How do the brain and spinal cord help with bladder control?

Jill Rabin
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Your brain and your spinal cord serve as the command center for control. They coordinate the bladder, the bladder neck, the urethra, and the pelvic floor muscles. Messages exchanged between the brain and the spinal cord that travel to the body’s muscles and organs are responsible for a person’s continence or incontinence. When each system involved in bladder control receives and responds appropriately to these messages, continence is achieved. A breakdown in communication, which may be caused by physical or mental conditions, results in incontinence. It’s as simple as that.
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