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Symptoms

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

It is common for a woman to have symptoms of both types of incontinence. This is called mixed incontinence.

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Diagnosing Overactive Bladder

Even though urinary leakage affects some 12 million adults in the U.S., it can be an embarrassing subject to discuss, even with your doctor. That’s why overactive bladder, also known as OAB or urge incontinence, is often called the "hidden condition." You might believe, as many people do, that overactive bladder is just an unpleasant but inescapable part of getting older. Actually it isn’t -- and there is something you can do. Seeing your doctor and having tests for overactive bladder can help you...

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Last Updated: January 14, 2014
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