Topic Overview

Urge incontinence is a need to urinate that is so strong that you
cannot reach the toilet in time. It can occur even when the bladder contains
only a small amount of urine.

Urge incontinence can be caused by bladder
contractions that are too strong to be stopped by the bladder outlet valve
(sphincter). This results in a near-emptying of the bladder.

Medicines and behavioral strategies, such as eliminating
caffeinated and carbonated drinks, are used to treat urge incontinence.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Avery L. Seifert, MD – Urology

Current as ofMay 5, 2017