Urinary Incontinence

Illness and Health Conditions

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It's a common problem thought to affect millions of people.

There are several types of urinary incontinence, including: 

  • Stress incontinence – when urine leaks out at times when your bladder is under pressure; for example, when you cough or laugh
  • Urge incontinence – when urine leaks as you feel a sudden, intense urge to pee, or soon afterwards
  • Overflow incontinence (chronic urinary retention) – when you're unable to fully empty your bladder, which causes frequent leaking
  • Total incontinence – when your bladder cannot store any urine at all, which causes you to pass urine constantly or have frequent leaking
  • It's also possible to have a mixture of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.

Find out more about the symptoms of urinary incontinence in the useful links section.


Useful links:

Urinary Incontinence - NHS

Illness and Health Conditions