What is Urinary Incontinence

If you have incontinence, you will feel an urge to go to the bathroom but won’t be able to hold the urine. The resulting leak may be only a few drops or it may be a large amount. Urine may also leak during sleep.1 No amount of leakage is normal and can cause embarrassment and emotional distress.3  If the problem is stopping you from any of your normal activities, you should see your doctor.2,10,11


Please note that this information provided by BARD Medical is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a medical professional. Information is as of 12/2014.  Please check references for updated information.

References

  1. Urology Care Foundation – Neurogenic Bladder Symptoms http://www.urologyhealth.org/urology/index.cfm?article=9#SymptomNB May 2014
  2. Urology Care Foundation – Loss of Bladder Control/Urinary Incontinence http://www.urologyhealth.org/_media/_pdf/AUA2014_BladderIncontinence_web.pdf 2014
  3. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) – Urinary Incontinence in Women http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/uiwomen/index.aspx September 2013
  4. Cleveland Clinic, Diseases and Conditions – Neurogenic Bladder http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/neurogenic_bladder/hic-neurogenic-bladder.aspx - Nov 2012
  5. Urology Care Foundation – Neurogenic Bladder Fact Sheet http://www.urologyhealth.org/_media/_pdf/BH_NeurogenicBladder_FactSheet_2014.pdf 2014
  6. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) – Urinary Incontinence in Men http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/uimen/index.aspx June 2012
  7. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) – Urinary Incontinence in Children http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/uichildren/index.aspx#6 June 2012
  8. Urology Care Foundation – Neurogenic Bladder http://www.urologyhealth.org/urology/index.cfm?article=9&display=1   May 2014
  9. Mayo Clinic - Urinary Incontinence, Treatment and Drugs http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditionsurinary-incontinence/basics/treatment/con-20037883 Aug. 2014
  10. Slack A, Newman D, Wein A, Fast Facts: Bladder Disorders, Health Press, Oxford UK, 2011
  11. Urinary Incontinence , Pat D O’Donnell MD, Mosby Ltd, St Louis, 1997