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Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is a symptom of other conditions. Any loss of voluntary bladder control can be considered incontinence.
- Leaking triggered by laughing, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, or exercise
- A strong urge to urinate followed by loss of urine
- Inability to hold urine long enough to make it to a restroom
- Difficulty initiating urination
- Straining to empty the bladder
- Decreased urinary stream or “dribbling”
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Urinary incontinence. National Association for Continence website. Available at: http://www.nafc.org/urinary-incontinence. Accessed December 29, 2015.
Urinary incontinence in men. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T900624/Urinary-incontinence-in-men. Updated July 22, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.
Urinary incontinence in women. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T900573/Urinary-incontinence-in-women. Updated August 15, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 12/2015
- Update Date: 12/20/2014