SUI / Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence or stress urinary incontinence can be explained as a sudden and strong need to urinate. The condition can also be referred as an unstable or overactive bladder, or detrusor instability. Stress incontinence generally happens when physical activity or movement puts pressure or stress on the bladder. Stress incontinence is unrelated to psychological stress.

A bladder that functions normally has its bladder muscles relaxed as the bladder fills up gradually. As the bladder begins to stretch, we get a feeling to urinate. Most people can hold on this feeling until the convenient time to go to toilet. However, some people experience overactive bladder and urge incontinence, where the bladder may feel than it actually is.

Causes of Urge Incontinence

It is not completely understood what causes urge incontinence but the condition seems to become more common as people age. Urge incontinence can be linked to stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other health conditions that can interfere with the brain’s ability to send signals to the bladder. These conditions can result in a person’s ability to hold and store urine in the bladder.

Other reasons why you may experience urge incontinence are:

  • Cough
  • Sneeze
  • Laugh
  • Exercise

Lifting heavy objects

Symptoms of Urge Incontinence

The major symptom of urge incontinence is the sudden urge or need to urinate and involuntary loss of urine at inappropriate times. Few examples of these inappropriate times can include leaking urine in public or while sleeping.