Published in association with The British Medical Association. Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine causing a social or hygienic problem and it is estimated to affect 2.5-3.0 million women in Britain. It is a condition that is embarrassing and distressing and may severely affect quality of life for the sufferer. Urinary incontinence may be quite mild or it can be severe leading to people having to wear pads to stay dry. The causes of urinary incontinence are varied; some are easily corrected others may require surgery or meditation. This book is written to help you learn about urinary incontinence and how it may be treated as there is a great deal of help available. Dr Lynne Low Trained at the University of Aberdeen she now works at a sexual health clinic in London and as a freelance medical writer. She has written widely on sexual health matters for many publications including Reader's Digest Maxim GQ active Marie Claire and Pregnancy & Birth.Mr. Philip Toozs-Hobsor: Mr. Toozs-Hobson is a Consultant Lead Clinician for Urogynaecology at Birmingham Women's worked as the Weil-Being research fellow at King's College Hospital. His major interests include the effect of childbirth on the pelvic floor.Dr. Tony Smith: Family Doctor Publications' Medical Editor-in-Chief was for many years Deputy Editor of the British Medical Journal and continues to work as an Associate Editor. He is the Medical Editor of both the Complete Family Health Encyclopaedia and the Family Home Adviser.We regret the author(s) are unable to enter into correspondence with readers.The British Medical Association (BMA): The British Medical Association is the professional body that looks after doctors' interests speaks on their behalf and keeps their scientific knowledge up to date through meetings and publications.