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Are there different types of urinary incontinence?

There are many types of urinary incontinence. These include: 1) Stress incontinence, which is the most common form and can occur from coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting a heavy object. This commonly affects women who have given birth or have gone through menopause. This form is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. 2) Urge incontinence, which occurs when bladder muscles become too active, leading to a strong urge to pass urine even when there is little in the bladder. 3) Overflow incontinence, which involves a slow dribble of urine from the bladder. This can occur if the bladder does not fully empty after urinating. 4) Functional incontinence, which occurs when a person cannot get to the toilet in time due to a physical or intellectual disability or memory problems.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 11 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Urinary incontinence


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