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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
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