The Types of Urinary Incontinence

Stress Leakage of small amounts of urine during physical movement (coughing, sneezing,
exercising).
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.