• Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary incontinence is a symptom of other conditions. Any loss of voluntary bladder control can be considered incontinence.
    Symptoms include:
    • Leaking triggered by laughing, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, or exercise
    • A strong urge to urinate followed by loss of urine
    • Inability to hold urine long enough to make it to a restroom
    • Difficulty initiating urination
    • Straining to empty the bladder
    • Decreased urinary stream or “dribbling”


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