Urinary incontinence is the leaking of urine. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.
There are a few types of urinary incontinence, they include:
1. Stress incontinence: Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.
2. Urge incontinence: You have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition, such as infection, or a more-severe condition such as a neurologic disorder or diabetes.
3. Overflow incontinence: You experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn’t empty completely.
4. Functional incontinence: A physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet in time. For example, if you have severe arthritis, you may not be able to unbutton your pants quickly enough.
5. Mixed incontinence: You experience more than one type of urinary incontinence.
Symptoms of urinary incontinence could include: leaking of urine.