toggle mobile menu Menu
toggle search menu

Site Navigation



Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence is the accidental leaking of urine. This type of incontinence usually occurs when there is a sudden, strong urge to urinate and an inability to get to the toilet in time. And some people may leak urine without warning.

Urge incontinence may be caused by a blockage where urine leaves the bladder (such as from an enlarged prostate) or by overactive bladder. Overactive bladder makes a person feel the need to urinate often. But not everyone with overactive bladder leaks urine.

Causes of urge incontinence include age-related changes, diet, medical conditions such as stroke, and the side effects from medicines.

Treatments like pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegels), lifestyle changes (like losing weight and managing what you drink), and bladder training are often helpful for urge incontinence. Medicines, including topical estrogen therapy and those that relax the muscles in the prostate and bladder, may also help. In some cases, surgery or other procedures may be needed.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Healthwise is a URAC accredited health web site content provider. Privacy Policy. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995- Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.