ExplanationUrinary incontinence is a problem for many people. We can define two main types of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence, where the urine leak is caused by increased abdominal pressure during physical activity. The urethra muscles can’t stop the leak. This problem primarily affects women, usually due to a weakening of the perineal muscles.
Urge incontinence means a sudden, intense, uncontrollable urge. Sometimes major urine leakage cannot be prevented due to an involuntary contraction of the bladder. Both men and women can be affected, particularly older adults. One reason can be a disruption in the part of the nervous system that controls the bladder.
The problems of urinary incontinence can be complex for individual patients, and mixed forms of stress and urge incontinence are common.