Patients with stress urinary incontinence experience leakage of a small to moderate amount of urine with activity, such as:
- Bending over
- Simply changing positions
Symptoms of urge urinary incontinence include a moderate to large loss of urine immediately preceded by a sudden, strong urge to urinate. Patients with urge urinary incontinence are often not able to make it to the bathroom in time. Some patients experience urge urinary incontinence when they hear running water or get close to a bathroom. Certain foods or beverages may make urge urinary incontinence worse.
Patients with mixed urinary incontinence suffer from symptoms of both stress and urge urinary incontinence. Often, one type seems worse than the other.
Symptoms of overflow urinary incontinence include the continual loss of urine without a sense that bladder is full. Other symptoms associated with overflow incontinence are an incomplete emptying of the bladder, slow urine stream, difficulty starting urination, or dribbling of urine after urination is complete. Urine leakage often increases with activity.