Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence (UI) in Women
There are several types of urinary incontinence, so not every woman will experience symptoms in exactly the same way.
- Stress Urinary Incontinence : when your bladder leaks urine during physical activity or exertion. It may happen when you cough, lift something heavy, change positions, or exercise.
- Urge Incontinence(Overactive Bladder): this is the second most common type of urinary incontinence. There is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscular wall of the bladder that causes an urge to urinate that cannot be stopped. When the urge to urinate comes, the person has a very short time before the urine is released, regardless of what they try to do. The urge to urinate may be caused by:
- Mixed Incontinence: Where a patient experiences both stress and urge incontinence at the same time.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you likely have a form of UI. A common cause of UI is the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, nerves, and other tissues in the pelvic region as a result of childbirth, menopause, and other events.
No woman should suffer with uncomfortable and embarrassing bladder leakage.