Urge Incontinence

Urge Incontinence is the second most common type of incontinence after stress incontinence. Urge Incontinence is also called overactive bladder (OAB). This type of incontinence happens when one feels the urge to use the toilet but is unable to hold back the urine long enough to get to a bathroom. This tends to cause urine leaks. Women experience urge incontinence in higher numbers than men.

Urge incontinence is caused by spasms in the bladder, which creates the feeling of urgency to use the toilet. These bladder spams can also disturb your sleep and, this is known as Nocturia. Usually people with urge incontinence report that the amount of urine they leak is in much larger volumes than what is reported by people with stress incontinence. Feelings of urgency are also a key symptom of Overactive Bladder Syndrome.

Causes for stress incontinence

Urge incontinence occurs in people with chronic diseases like diabetes, or people who have had a stroke.. This type of incontinence is also prevalent in people that suffer from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or have multiple sclerosis. Urge incontinence also occurs in case of enlarged prostate. In some cases, urge incontinence may be an early sign of bladder cancer. So, it is best that one sees a doctor if you experience any of the symptoms. 

Treatment techniques for Urge Incontinence are:

  • Pelvic floor exercises and bladder control techniques.
  • Lifestyle changes like reducing caffeine and alcohol. Also scheduled toilet visits can help.
  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Incontinence products like pristine life underwear for women and pristine life underwear for men can help manage light leaks to ensure your social life is not compromised.