The Types of Urinary Incontinence
|Stress||Leakage of small amounts of urine during physical movement (coughing, sneezing,
|Urge||Leakage of large,amounts of urine at unexpected times, including during sleep.|
|Functional||Untimely urination,because of physical disability, external obstacles, or problems
in thinking,or communicating that prevent a person from reaching a toilet.
|Overflow||Unexpected leakage,of small amounts of urine because of a full bladder.|
|Mixed||Usually the,occurrence of stress and urge incontinence together.|
|Transient||Leakage that occurs,temporarily because of a condition that will pass (infection, medication).|
- Urinary incontinence in women is the unintentional loss of urine.
- Urinary incontinence occurs more often in women than in men. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause may contribute to urinary incontinence in women.
- Weak bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, and nerve damage may also cause urinary incontinence in women.
- Urinary incontinence in women is common and treatable.
- There are different types of urinary incontinence in women, including stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overactive bladder, functional incontinence, overflow incontinence, mixed incontinence, and transient incontinence.
- Diagnosis of urinary incontinence in women may involve a physical exam, an ultrasound, urodynamic testing, and tests including cystoscopy, urinalysis, and a bladder stress test. The doctor will also take a medical history and may recommend keeping a bladder diary.
- Treatment of urinary incontinence in women may include behavioral or nonpharmacologic treatments, like bladder training and Kegel exercises, medication, biofeedback, neuromodulation, surgery, catheterization, or a combination of these therapies.