What is UI


Urinary incontinence (UI) is not a disease. It is a symptom of many conditions. Causes may differ for men and women. But it is not hereditary. And it is not just a normal part of aging.

Incontinence is a widespread condition that ranges in severity from 'just a small leak' to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. In fact, over millions of people have bladder or bowel control problems for a variety of reasons. Incontinence can be treated and managed. In many cases it can also be cured.

Think you might have a problem?

If you experience bladder or bowel problems, but are not sure if you should seek help, try the questionnaire below.

Bladder and bowel questionnaire:
  • Do you sometimes feel you have not completely emptied your bladder?
  • Do you have to rush to use the toilet?
  • Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bladder or bowel?
  • Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?
  • Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you lift something heavy, sneeze, cough or laugh?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you exercise or play sport?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you change from a seated or lying position to a standing position?
  • Do you strain to empty to bowel?
  • Do you sometimes soil your underwear?
  • Do you plan your daily routine around where the nearest toilet is?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions you may have a bladder or bowel control problem.
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Seek help

The first step in treating incontinence is to talk to your doctor. Most doctors are used to talking about personal matters that may feel embarrassing. A good doctor will treat your concerns seriously and try to ease any discomfort you may have about discussing sensitive topics. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and the medicines you have been taken. He or she will want to know if you have been sick recently or had surgery. Your doctor also may also take some tests. These might include:
  • Urine and blood tests
  • Tests that measure how well you empty your bladder

There are different types of incontinence with a number of possible causes. The following are the most common:
  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Incontinence associated with chronic retention
  • Functional incontinence.

Urinary incontinence Symptoms, Types & Treatments

Taking the first steps toward control