Urinary incontinence is any leaking from the bladder that can't be controlled. The amount that is leaked differs between people. It can range from dribbling to a full clearing of the bladder.

Other symptoms differ based on the type of incontinence. They may be one or more of following:

  • Leaking caused by laughing, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, or exercise
  • A strong urge pass urine followed by loss of urine
  • Can't hold urine long enough to make it to a bathroom
  • A hard time starting to pass urine
  • Straining to empty the bladder
  • Reduced stream or dribbling
  • Feeling like the bladder isn’t fully emptied out
  • Pain when passing urine

If you have any of these, call your doctor. These are often a symptom of other health problems.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018 -
  • Update Date: 01/17/2019 -