Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary (uncontrollable) loss of urine from the urethra while exercising or during a daily activity. It mainly concerns the femal population, as it is more rare in men. Urinary incontinence causes hygiene problems (dermatitis) or may lead to social isolation (odors, clothes-wetting). It is a symptom, not a disease. There are two main types of Incontinence:
- Effort Incontinence or Stress Incontinence: leakage of urine when there is high abdominal pressure (due to cough, laughter, weight lifting etc).
- Urge Incontinence: leakage of urine following a sudden compelling urge to urinate.
These two types cover about 9 out of 10 cases and most times they are coexisting.