- STRESS INCONTINENCE
- OVERACTIVE BLADDER
- URGE INCONTINENCE
- MIXED INCONTINENCE
- OVERFLOW INCONTINENCE
See below for descriptions
WHO DOES IT AFFECT?
1 in 3 women
1 in 10 men
1 in 5 seniors
More common than you thought...?
This is the most common type of urinary incontinence. It is a loss of small to moderate amounts of urine with exertion – with coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, laughing, changing position etc. Often this is due to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, in women following childbirth or after the menopause, with men it is a common problem after prostate surgery.
This is a loss of urine (sometimes large amounts), following an urgent need to empty the bladder. The urge can be extremely strong and impossible to ignore. People suffering from urge incontinence often need to go to the washroom very frequently during the day and sometimes frequently at night too. They will typically plan their days around finding the next washroom. See Treatment
Urgymptoms include an urgent feeling to go to the toilet, going to the toilet frequently, and sometimes leaking urine before you can get to the toilet. See Treatment
A loss of urine due to over-filling of the bladder because the bladder is unable to empty properly. The bladder may be unable to empty because of an obstruction (e.g. enlarged prostate, scar tissue, constipation), or because the bladder muscle can’t work effectively enough to squeeze the urine out. There may be difficulty starting the flow, a weak stream, straining to empty, or a constant dribble.