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Incontinence FAQs (cont.)

What are the symptoms of incontinence?

The uncontrollable leakage of urine from the bladder is the most common symptom of incontinence. Several terms are used to describe other symptoms of incontinence:

  • Urgency: Feeling the need to urinate immediately or very soon
  • Hesitancy: Difficulty starting the urine stream when trying to urinate
  • Frequency: Urinating more often than usual
  • Dysuria: Pain or burning with urination (often associated with infection)
  • Hematuria: Blood in the urine, which causes a pink or reddish color
  • Nocturia: Getting up during sleeping hours to urinate
  • Dribbling: Dripping or dribbling urine after urination is completed
  • Straining: Bearing down to start the urine stream

When should I seek medical attention?

Make an appointment to see your doctor if you

  • leak urine,
  • get up more than twice a night to urinate,
  • feel the urgent need to urinate often,
  • have difficulty starting the urine stream,
  • feel the bladder is still full after urinating,
  • dribble urine after going to the bathroom.

See a doctor if you

  • have blood in your urine (pink or reddish urine)
  • have pain or burning with urination.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/8/2014
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