Maritime Women's Bladder Health Loss of Bladder Control
Self-Help Tips
Stress Incontinence
Urgency Incontinence








The treatments you need to help stop your bladder leaking will depend upon the cause of your leaking.

There are two main causes of bladder leaking:

  1. The urethra (the tube which carries urine from your bladder to the outside of your body) should act like a valve to hold urine in the bladder. If you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, run or lift, your urethra is not working properly. This is called stress incontinence.

  2. If you have to go to the bathroom too often (frequency); if you get a strong urge to pee which makes you hurry to get to a toilet (urgency); if you start to leak urine before you can get your clothes off (urge incontinence), the bladder storage system is not working as it should.
Many women have a combination of stress and urge incontinence- we call this "mixed incontinence".


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