When you're unable to hold the urine

Can’t hold it back?

Leakage or inability to hold urine is very common. See if you recognize some of the symptoms.

Urinary incontinence

If you have urinary incontinence, you might experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Small or large amounts of urine leaking without warning or without feeling the urge to go to the toilet
  • Involuntarily leakage when sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising
  • A sudden urge to rush to the toilet to urinate
  • The need to get up to pass urine two or more times a night(nocturia)

Are you experiencing any of these issues? Then you could be suffering from one of the following conditions:

Stress incontinence

Occurs when the muscles in the pelvic floor, under sudden, increased pressure(stress), are too weak to hold the urethral sphincters closed. This results in an involuntary leakage of urine during everyday activities such as sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising.

Stress incontinence

Urge incontinence

An unstable or overactive bladder is caused by involuntary, uncontrolled contractions of the muscle in the bladder. This results in a sudden urge to go to the toilet, and sometimes even involuntary urine leakage before reaching the toilet.

Mixed incontinence

A combination of stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence.

Overflow incontinence

A frequent or constant dribble of urine resulting from an inability to empty the bladder. This occurs in people with a damaged bladder, blocked urethra or damage to the nervous system. With overflow incontinence you may feel as if you never completely empty your bladder. When you try to urinate, you may produce only a weak stream of urine.

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