Urinary incontinence — accidental urine leakage — may be an occasional, slight inconvenience, or it can become a severe health condition.
Types of Urinary Incontinence and How to Differentiate Them
Stress incontinence:If you experience leakage when coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting something heavy, jumping, running, or during physical activity in general, you likely have stress urinary incontinence. This condition accounts for approximately 50% of all cases of urinary leakage in women.
Urgency incontinence (overactive bladder):If urine leaks when you have a strong urge to urinate, such as on the way to the bathroom or immediately after feeling the urge to void, you may have urge urinary incontinence. This condition is also known as overactive bladder. It affects about 20-25% of women with urinary leakage.