International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 85–97

Neurophysiology of micturition and continence in women

  • T. C. Chai
  • W. D. Steers
Review Article


Micturition and continence involve the coordination of complex neural events between the central and peripheral nervous systems. An understanding of these events provides a foundation for the treatment of voiding disorders in women such as stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence and interstitial cystitis. The purpose of this paper is to comprehensively review the neuroanatomy, enurophysiology and neuropharmacology of micturition and continence. However, a brief section discussing clinical correlations will follow each of these topics to help integrate the basic science with clinical obervations.


Continence Females Micturition Neuroanatomy Neuropharmacology Neurophysiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Chai
    • 1
  • W. D. Steers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyUniversity of Virginia Health Sciences CenterCharlottesvilleUSA

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