Symptoms of Incontinence

There are many different causes of incontinence and many ways that incontinence can affect you. The most common symptoms of incontinence are experiencing the sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate, or needing to pay frequent visits to the toilet throughout a 24 hour period. If you need to visit the toilet more than once every 2 hours, or are often subject to the uncontrollable need to empty your bladder, you may be suffering from urge incontinence, or an overactive bladder.

Stress incontinence manifests itself in urine leaking from the bladder at inconvenient points. This can happen when the sufferer is laughing, coughing, sneezing or taking part in physical activity.

In general, if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from incontinence and should contact your doctor.

  • Urine leaking out at any point in the day
  • Urine leaking when you laugh, cough or sneeze or are taking part in exercise
  • Visiting the toilet more than once every two hours
  • Visiting the toilet more than once throughout the night
  • Feeling unable to fully empty your bladder
  • Feeling the sudden urge to urinate and being unable to prevent this
  • Pain when passing urine