Learning about incontinence

While there are several types of urinary incontinence, the three types most commonly seen by doctors are:

  • stress incontinence - brought on by sudden, strenuous movements or activities
  • urge incontinence - a frequent, sudden, and strong need to urinate
  • overflow incontinence - a feeling that your bladder is always partially full, accompanied by urinating in small amounts or dribbling urine when urinating

If you think you or a loved one may have incontinence, the Urinary Incontinence Assessment tool can help you determine the type. While it is not meant to replace a diagnosis by your health care professional, it can help in determining an accurate diagnosis and treatment strategy. Remember that incontinence can be effectively managed.