Can constipation cause overflow urinary incontinence?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In both men and women, it is possible for constipation to lead to overflow incontinence. The rectum must become filled enough to create pressure on the bladder and the urethra. If this happens, overflow urinary incontinence may be the end result as the pressure continues to increase until urine dribbles out.

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