Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. The condition affects millions around the world, young and old. There are two main types of incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when you accidentally leak urine while doing something physical that puts pressure onto your bladder. For example, you may experience leakage when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or exercise. This form of incontinence can be caused by several factors including:
Urge incontinence involves frequent and sudden urges to urinate. This may be what you are experiencing, as those who suffer from urge incontinence often can’t suppress their urges and accidentally wet themselves before reaching the toilet. Common factors that can lead to urge incontinence include:
If you are having trouble controlling your bladder, contact your primary care physician or a urologist to determine the cause. Urinary incontinence is common but that doesn’t mean it’s normal. Treatment options include pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback training, bladder retraining, diet changes and weight loss. Those who don’t get treatment often feel alone and stop participating in activities they once loved. Don’t suffer in silence and contact a doctor soon.