Types of Urinary Incontinence

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.
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  • Urge incontinence is experienced as a sudden, strong urge to urinate, along with a sudden, uncontrolable rush or leakage of urine.
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  • Mixed incontinence is a combination of urge and stress incontinence.
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  • 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