Urinary Leakage

Overview

Urinary leakage occurs when you involuntarily leak urine. Urinary leakage can occur at any age but tends to be more common during pregnancy, the postpartum period, and through and after menopause. There are 4 types of urinary incontinence/ leakage: stress, urge leakage/ overactive bladder, overflow, functional incontinence.

1) Stress Urinary Incontinence is the most common type of urinary leakage. Stress incontinence refers to leakage that happens with coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. The leakage happens whenever there is stress on the pelvic floor.

2) Urge/ Overactive Bladder leakage can happen for a few reasons. Often, the bladder muscle spasms and creates the sense of urgency even when the bladder is empty. If this happens when the bladder is full, leakage can happen. Overactive pelvic floor muscles can also cause a sense of ugency.

3) Overflow leakage happens when the bladder is too full and is not emptied as often as it should be.

4) Functional Leakage occurs when a disease or condition makes it hard for a person to go to the bathroom on his or her own or normally.

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