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 exerciseA strong urge to urinate followed by loss of urineInability to hold urine long enough to make it to a restroomDifficulty initiating urinationStraining to empty the bladderDecreased urinary stream or “dribbling”
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Accessed December 29, 2015.
Last reviewed December 2015 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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