Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence also known as dry overactive bladder (dry OAB) refers to the over activeness of the detrusor muscle of the bladder.  This muscle creates an increased urgency, with little or no warning, and is often accompanied by the leakage of urine. In severe cases, the size of the leakage can be large.

You may find that your urinary frequency increases meaning you need to urinate more frequently than the usual 4-8 times a day, this may include one or more per night (also known as nocturia). In certain cases you can 'train' your bladder to urinate less frequently. Bladder training can also help you to avoid urinating at night.

Urge Incontinence is the most common incontinence type for men and is usually due to interference in the nerve signals between the bladder and the brain.  This is often linked to either an enlarged prostate or the result of prostate surgery.
Related words: Incontinence, incontinence management, stress incontinence and Overactive Bladder.

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More information

  • Find out more about the different types of female bladder weakness here: Types of bladder weakness
  • Find out more about the different types of male bladder weakness here: Causes
  • Male? Visit our Exercise Zone find out more about bladder training here: Exercise Area