Urinary Incontinence happens when there’s involuntary leakage of urine.
Are there different types of urinary incontinence?
There are different types of urinary incontinence:
Stress incontinence – Urine leaks out during exertions such physical activities, or when you cough or laugh
Urge incontinence – Urine leaks when there is a sensation that you need to go to the toilet immediately. (See Overactive bladder)
Overflow incontinence – Urine leaks when you are unable to fully empty your bladder
Total incontinence – Urine leaks continuously
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when you leak urine during exertion such as during physical activity. It may also happen when you cough, sneeze; lift something heavy, change positions, or exercise.
Stress urinary incontinence is more common in women affecting up to 50% of women worldwide. It can happen in men usually after procedure or surgery to the prostate area.
It is a source of psychological distress to the individual and also imposes a financial burden to the individual and the health care system.
A set of pelvic floor muscles and the urinary sphincters control urinary continence (prevent you from leaking urine during exertion)
When either of this is weak, stress urinary incontinence occurs.
Although stress urinary incontinence is more common among older individuals but it should not be considered as normal part of aging.
You should see a specialist when the urinary incontinence is affecting your quality of life.