Types of UI

There are 5 types of urinary incontinence, each with its own causes and unique symptoms:

Stress Incontinenceyoung couple outside - woman laughing – One of the more common kinds of incontinence, it's characterized by leaks that occur when extra pressure is exerted on the bladder.  This pressure can be caused by things like laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising or lifting something heavy.

Urge Incontinence – The primary symptom of urge incontinence is sudden intense urge to urinate, followed by an involuntary leak.  You may also experience the urge to pee more often if you suffer urge incontinence.  Urge incontinence can be caused by anything from a simple infection to something more serious like a neurological condition or diabetes.

Overflow Incontinence – This type is characterized by frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to the inability of the bladder to empty completely.

Functional Incontinence – This kind of incontinence is caused by a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from getting to the toilet in time.  For example, a person with Alzheimer’s Disease may not be in a state of mind to recognize the need to go to the toilet or a person with Parkinson’s may have trouble physically getting there.

Mixed Incontinence – Mixed incontinence is any mixture of the above defined types of incontinence.  For example, a person with Parkinson’s disease may experience both urge incontinence and functional incontinence as a result of the condition.