After seeing your urologist, you may learn that you have one or more of the following types of incontinence, all of which are treatable:
- Stress urinary incontinence is the loss of urine when the abdomen is under physical stress. Any physical activity such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting a bag of groceries or rising from a sitting to a standing position can result in leakage.
- Urge incontinence is experienced as a sudden, strong urge to urinate, along with a sudden, uncontrolable rush or leakage of urine.
- Mixed incontinence is a combination of urge and stress incontinence.
- Overflow incontinence is characterized by a frequent or constant dribble of urine. Urination produces only a weak stream, and the bladder does not completely empty.
Symptoms of Incontinence
- Urine loss when sneezing, coughing, or physical activity
- A sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate
- A frequent or constant dribble of urine