Recognizing the Signs of Urinary Incontinence

Recognizing the Signs of Urinary Incontinence


Urinary incontinence is a common problem for men and women throughout the world. Any loss of bladder control is a sign of urinary incontinence. In fact, around 20 million Americans currently have or have had signs of urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. This statistic doesn’t include any of those who have signs, but do not report them to the doctor out of fear or embarrassment. There are many signs, types, risk factors, causes and symptoms of urinary incontinence. We’ll go over them here.


What are the Signs of Urinary Incontinence?


There are many different things that can be seen as a loss of bladder control. The most basic one being that urine leaks through due to an underlying circumstance. Examples of these circumstances are:

  • Functional Incontinence – This is a term that means a person is unable to make it to the toilet due to a physical or mental disability.
  • Overflow Incontinence – When the bladder becomes too full and you are unable to empty in time, overflow of urine may cause a small amount of leakage.
  • Urge Incontinence – When someone has a large urge to urinate and they are unable to withhold it.
  • Mixed Incontinence – A combination of both urge and stress incontinence.
  • Stress Incontinence – This term defines a loss of urinary control due to physical contractions. Such as coughing or sneezing.

Narrowing Down the Source


Urinary incontinence is usually a symptom of your lifestyle and underlying health conditions. Here is a list of different things that can lead to urinary incontinence.

  • Alcohol
  • Too Many Fluids
  • Caffeine
  • Bladder Irritation
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Age
  • Hysterectomy
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Inflammation of the Prostate Gland
  • Bladder Stones
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Obstruction
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

All of these can be an underlying cause of urinary incontinence and it is important to be honest with your doctor about everything you’re involved with and even slight symptoms or signs you notice. Once the source of the urinary incontinence is located, then treatment will begin. Again, urinary incontinence is not a disease, but a symptom of behaviors and personal health.

Can’t Control Bladder? Possible Urinary Incontinence

Can’t Control Bladder? Possible Urinary Incontinence


Have you ever had a moment where you were unsure if you were going to make it to the toilet to urinate? Or maybe even felt like a little bit of urine had been released after coughing? These are both signs of urinary incontinence. Millions of people all over the world have issues with urinary incontinence. This problem could make life very difficult on a day to day basis. Being unable to control your urination patterns can be very embarrassing and discomforting. There are multiple types of urinary incontinence. If you or someone you know has issues with urination, then talking to a Urologist at Z Urology can be a simple and easy fix.


Different Types of Urinary Incontinence


There are five main types of urinary incontinence. Each one depicting a situation where the body is under some type of stress causing the release of urine.

  1. Stress Incontinence
    1. Stress incontinence is the most common for of urinary incontinence. This is when the body is under some type of abdominal strain from either physical exertion or sneezing / coughing. Due to this abdominal strain, there are traces of urine that leak.
  2. Urge Incontinence
    1. Urge incontinence is mainly what happens when people have the sudden feeling of needing to urinate. However, because this sudden urge was felt at the latest possible time, they are unable to reach the toilet. This is mainly due to blockage within the bladder.
  3. Overflow Incontinence
    1. Overflow incontinence is exactly as it sounds. If there is too much urine stored up and has not been released, then trace amounts will begin to flow out through the urinary sphincter.
  4. Mixed Incontinence
    1. Mixed incontinence is usually a combination of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
  5. Functional Incontinence
    1. Functional incontinence is an urge incontinence that is in combination with a physical ailment that makes it difficult for them to reach the bathroom in time to urinate.