Different Types of Urinary Incontinence

June 1, 2022 |

Urinary incontinence affects around 1 in 3 women at some point in their lives and can be a very frustrating condition to experience. This blog will discuss the different types of urinary incontinence and their possible causes, and when you should see a women's health physiotherapist.

Different types of urinary incontinence and their possible causes

1. Stress Incontinence

There are many types of urinary incontinence for women, and each person experiences it differently. Some women experience stress incontinence when they experience intense emotional arousals, such as during childbirth or sexual activity. Others experience it when they cough, sneeze or laugh too hard. In either case, the leakage is often sudden and uncontrolled.

You can do many things to improve your symptoms, including exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and stress-reducing techniques like meditation and deep breathing. If you're experiencing chronic stress incontinence, speak with your doctor about possible treatments, such as surgery or medication.

2. Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence is a type of female incontinence characterized by sudden, strong urges to urinate that often occur without any warning. Urge incontinence can be due to many different things, including a weak bladder, a difficult birth, spinal cord compression or other medical issues.

There are many different types of urge incontinence, and each person experiences it differently. Some women experience frequent urges and need to go frequently, while others may only experience occasional urges. Some women experience strong urges that can't be controlled, while others may only feel an urge once in a while.

3. Mixed Incontinence

Mixed incontinence is when someone has both urinary and fecal incontinence. This means that they can't control when they go to the bathroom. There are many types of mixed incontinence, and each person's situation is different. Some people have only urinary incontinence, while others may have urinary and fecal incontinence. Each person's situation is also different, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating mixed incontinence. Some people may need surgery to fix their condition, while others may only need medication or other treatments. It is important to discuss your situation with a incontinence rehab physiotherapist to see if they can help you find the best option for treatment.

4. Functional Incontinence

Functional urinary incontinence is a type of incontinence caused by problems with the muscles that control urination. This can happen for many reasons, including injury, childbirth, and prostate surgery. Functional urinary incontinence can be mild or severe, and it can lead to problems with continence, quality of life, and sexual function. There are treatments available that can help improve the quality of life for people with functional urinary incontinence.

5. Urinary Frequency

Urinary frequency is the term given to the number of times a person urinates in a day. The most common urinary frequency type occurs every two to three hours, known as urgency-frequency syndrome.

Many different things can cause urinary frequency, including problems with the bladder, urethra, and nerves that control urinary flow. Some people have occasional episodes of urinary urgency but don't have frequent bouts of wetting the bed or accidents. Others have frequent episodes of all three problems.

Most people with urinary frequency symptoms find that they can reduce their number of episodes over time by using these strategies and following a healthy lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.


If you feel like you have to go frequently but can't seem to get a grip on your bladder, then you may be suffering from urinary incontinence. There are many different types of urinary incontinence, which means that there are many other treatments available at our incontinence rehab physiotherapist clinic at Dr Leena. Contact our women's health physiotherapist if you're unsure which type of urinary incontinence you have or if you need help finding a doctor who can treat it. We can also help you with vaginismus cure and vaginismus exercises.

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