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Urge incontinence in women

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Do you find yourself scanning each new room for the nearest bathroom? Do you almost constantly feel the urge to urinate – even though you just went? Do you wake up several times each night to go to the toilet?
 
The often occurring – and always sudden – urge to urinate, which can lead to involuntary leakage of urine, is called urge incontinence. It´s also often referred to as having an over active bladder with accidental leaks. Sometimes the exact cause of this type of bladder weakness is not known, but it is thought that the receptors in the bladder muscle send incorrect signals to the brain, indicating that the bladder is fuller than it is. 
 
There are a number of things that can affect urge incontinence, for example drinking too much or too little, urinary tract infection, constipation and medication. 
 
To handle urge incontinence you might want to try:
 
  • drinking more or less than you usually do
  • avoid coffee, black tea and energy drinks which can all irritate the bladder 
 
Most women manage the symptoms of urge incontinence with protective pads or underwear. At TENA, we’ve spent years of research and development to create products that will keep you confident and secure. Our unique technique quickly distributes the urine away from the surface and into the core, where it stays put. Visit our product page to find your fit, or order a free sample.

Living with urge incontinence

“As if the menopause wasn’t bad enough.”

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Tips & tricks

Here’s what you can do.

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Five minutes a day

Reduce the risk of urine leaks with pelvic floor exercises.

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