Specialist expertise: Gynaecology, Reconstructive Pelvic Floor Surgery, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Urogynecology, Obstetrics, Urinary Incontinence, Urinary Tract Infection, Cystitis, Uterovaginal Prolapse, Voiding Difficulties.
Urinary incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine associated with urgency or strong desire to void. When you void, the muscles in your bladder contract to help you to pass urine. When you have urine incontinence, you lose control of these muscles and leak urine involuntarily. It is a very common condition. There are three types of urine incontinence: Stress incontinence, urge urinary incontinence and mixed urinary incontinence (see below). Stress incontinence is the leakage of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise. This happens when there is a rise in intra-abdominal pressure, and your water pipe (also called urethra) and pelvic floor are not strong enough to prevent the urine leakage. There are various ways to treat urinary incontinence, such as pelvic floor exercises and in some cases, surgery.
Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of both stress and urge urinary incontinence. Mixed incontinence is when you have symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence meaning you may leak urine if you cough or sneeze, and also experience very intense urges to pass urine.