Urinary incontinence (UI) is the involuntary loss of urine. It greatly affects quality of life and can be a major burden when it affects your day to day routine. UI affects men, women and children.
UI can be divided into different groups- stress, urge, and overflow.
Stress UI is the incontinence associated with increase in abdominal pressure (coughing, laughing, sneezing, or even changes in body position). This is more common in women as they get older.
Urge UI is the incontinence associated with a strong and urgent need to urinate that cannot be postponed. This can occur in young children, as well as men and women as they get older. It is important to determine they type of UI you have as the treatment may vary.
Overflow UI occurs when there is too much urine in the bladder and the excess urine overflows out. This most often occurs in older males who have prostate problems, but can occur in those with "weak" bladders. Individuals may also have a mixed incontinence which involve more than one type of UI.