Urinary incontinence is any leaking from the bladder that can't be controlled. The amount that is leaked differs between people. It can range from dribbling to a full clearing of the bladder.
Other symptoms differ based on the type of incontinence. They may be one or more of following:
Leaking caused by laughing, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, or exercise
A strong urge pass urine followed by loss of urine
Can't hold urine long enough to make it to a bathroom
A hard time starting to pass urine
Straining to empty the bladder
Reduced stream or dribbling
Feeling like the bladder isn’t fully emptied out
Pain when passing urine
If you have any of these, call your doctor. These are often a symptom of other health problems.
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Urinary incontinence. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Urinary-Incontinence. Updated February 2016. Accessed January 17, 2019.
Urinary incontinence in adults. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/genitourinary-disorders/voiding-disorders/urinary-incontinence-in-adults. Updated July 2018. Accessed January 17, 2019.
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Last Updated: 1/17/2019
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