Symptoms of Incontinence

The symptom of incontinence is, by definition, the leakage of urine from the bladder or fecal matter from the bowel. Symptoms of urinary incontinence can vary, however, and how much urine is leaking and when it happens are clues as to what type of incontinence you may have. Taking careful note of your bladder control problem can help your urologist identify the cause and determine the treatment plan.

Common symptoms include:

  • Progressive weakness of the urinary stream with or without a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
  • An increased rate of urination without a proven bladder infection
  • Needing to rush to the restroom and/or losing urine if you do not get to restroom in time
  • Abnormal urination or changes in urination related to a nervous system
  • Abnormality, such as stroke, spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis, that interferes with urination
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Urine leakage that:
    • Prevents activities
    • Began or continued after surgery
    • Causes embarrassment