Warning Signs of Urinary Incontinence

A woman is dealing with urinary incontinence.It’s not as uncommon as you think, a little leak when you laugh, a little drip when sneeze. You aren’t alone. Though they may be uncomfortable or embarrassing to talk about, keeping these symptoms hidden from your doctor isn’t going to make the condition go away. Urinary incontinence can be anything from a little leak to a complete emptying of the bladder. One in every three women will report urinary incontinence in their lifetime.

The following are the most common symptoms of urinary incontinence. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain related to filling the bladder and/or pain related to urination without a proven bladder infection
  • Progressive weakness of the urinary stream with or without a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
  • An increased frequency of urination without a proven bladder infection
  • Needing to rush to the restroom and/or losing urine if you do not get to restroom in time
  • Frequent bladder infections

The symptoms of urinary incontinence may resemble other conditions or medical problems. These symptoms can occur during a wide variety of activities, and may worsen or start after a surgical procedure. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis. For more information about BayCare's Pelvic Health and Wellness program, call (866) 309-7040 or watch physician videos about pelvic health and wellness.