Urinary Incontinence - Symptoms
Urinary incontinence can be present in any of the following forms:
Stress incontinence: leaking caused by sudden pressure while coughing, sneezing, exercising, dancing and swimming.
- sensitive or overactive bladder
- the urge arises even with a small quantity of urine in the bladder
- increased frequency, more than 8 to 10 times a day
- urge to urinate even at the thought or sound of water
- certain medications causing an urge of incontinence
Overflow incontinence: dribbling urine when the bladder fails to empty properly.
It is possible to have one or all combinations of the aforementioned symptoms.
- skin disease such as rash, boils and infections due to skin irritation
- recurrent urinary tract infections and fever
- obesity due to lack of exercise
- unpleasant urine odour from the body
- hygiene problems
- disturbed sleep
- low self-image
- emotional and social isolation – avoiding social gatherings and outings with the family
- relationship issues between partners
- depression because of an impaired quality of life