Urinary incontinence is a condition of involuntary loss of urine.
Some of the common causes of urinary incontinence are the following:
- Post partum
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Stroke (CVA)
- Pelvic prolapse
- Menopause / post menopause
There are different types of urinary incontinence. Individuals can experience urge incontinence, stress incontinence, or a combination of both urge and stress incontinence referred as mixed incontinence.
Urge Urinary Incontinence
Urge urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine accompanied by a strong desire to void. Individuals with this condition often describe having a strong urge to urinate and are unable to hold their urine long enough to void on the toilet. Some will report having certain triggers such as putting the key in the door at home or running water that causes a strong and immediate urge to urinate.
Urge incontinence can be treated with medication, physical therapy, and /or surgery.
Stress incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine with physical exertion. Individuals with this condition will often report a loss of urine with a cough, a laugh, a sneeze, lifting heavy items and/or with exercising. Stress incontinence can be treated with a pessary/incontinent ring, medication, physical therapy, and /or surgery.
Mixed incontinence is a combination of both urge and stress symptoms. A majority of individuals who suffer from urine incontinence suffer from mixed incontinence. Mixed incontinence can be treated with a pessary/ incontinent ring, medication, physical therapy and/or surgery.
Overactive bladder is increase urinary frequency with complaints of severe urinary urge that often leads to an episode of incontinence.