Symptoms and Signs of Bladder Control Problems

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Bladder Control Problems

Bladder control problems (urinary incontinence) involve difficulty stopping the flow of urine from the bladder. There are several types of urinary incontinence and many people have more than one type. Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are the most common. Other types of incontinence include mixed incontinence, overflow incontinence, neuropathic incontinence, fistulas, traumatic incontinence, congenital incontinence, and obstruction to urine flow.

Incontinence is uncontrollable leakage of urine from the bladder and is the main symptoms of bladder control problems. Other symptoms of bladder control problems include urinary urgency, urinary hesitancy, urinary frequency, pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, nighttime urination, dribbling, and straining. Other symptoms of bladder control problems may include bedwetting, dribbling immediately after urination, and an inability to reach the bathroom in time.

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