Skip to content

    Incontinence & Overactive Bladder Health Center

    Incontinence & OAB Overview

    Stress incontinence causes urine to leak when you laugh or cough. Overactive bladder (OAB), or urge incontinence, is caused by urinary muscle spasms. Multiple pregnancies, being overweight, and genetic weaknesses can increase your risk.

    Select a Chapter:

    Get News Updates | RSS Help

    latest headlines

    Staying Trim, Strong May Cut Incontinence Risk

    But for women in study, these factors only helped with one type of incontinence


    The main symptom of urinary incontinence is a problem controlling urination.

    • Symptoms of stress incontinence:
      • Involuntary release of urine, especially when you cough, sneeze, or laugh
      • Leaking a small to moderate amount of urine
    • Symptoms of urge incontinence:
      • Frequent and sudden uncontrollable need to urinate
      • May leak a moderate to large amount of urine, although a small amount is possible

    Today on WebMD

    womens restroom sign
    Symptoms, causes, and treatments.
    hand over mouth
    Test your urine knowledge.
    man breathing with mouth open
    Is it true that men can do kegels?
    bathroom sign running
    Assess your symptoms.
    woman holding water
    Food That Makes You Gotta Go
    Male Incontinence Slideshow
    Mature woman standing among peers
    Worried in bed
    woman standing in front of restroom sign
    various pills
    sitting in chair