Urge incontinence is the accidental leaking of urine. This type of
incontinence usually occurs when there is a sudden, strong urge to urinate and
an inability to get to the toilet in time. And some people may leak urine
Overactive bladder is a kind of urge continence. But not everyone
with overactive bladder leaks urine.
Causes of urge incontinence include age-related changes,
Parkinson's disease, stroke, kidney or bladder stones, and some cancers.
Coffee, tea, colas, chocolate, and acidic fruit juices can irritate the bladder
and make urge incontinence worse.
Learned techniques to retrain the bladder are often helpful for
urge incontinence. Medicines may also help. But they may have bothersome
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology