What Is It?
Urinary leakage, also called urinary incontinence (UI), is a common problem for people of all ages.
Changes in lifestyle and special training have been somewhat successful and there are medications available for those who experience urge leakage.
Urge leakage can be made worse in several ways:
Symptoms of Urge Urinary Leakage
People who experience this form of incontinence often experience no symptoms until urine is released involuntarily. However, many people experience a sudden, immediate urge to urinate at inappropriate or inconvenient times.
Evaluation and Treatment
If you experience the sudden urge to urinate, or if you experience the unexplained release of urine, make an appointment to see a urologist.
A complete history and physical examination will be conducted followed by a voiding diary which is completed at home. This simple diary helps identify when, how much, and in what circumstances urinary leakage occurs. Other tests that help identify the cause of leakage include a urine culture, bladder ultrasound, and possibly urodynamic testing. Urodynamic testing is a complete evaluation of how the bladder stores and empties urine and is obtained in the office setting.
Based on the information obtained from the voiding diary and urinary testing, treatment will be initiated and may include the following:
Urinary leakage is often distressing and may decrease quality of life. If you are experiencing urinary leakage, don't wait to seek help.