What are the types of urinary incontinence?

What are the types of urinary incontinence?
What are the types of urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine, and the type of incontinence can vary depending on the symptoms.

The main types of urinary incontinence are:

  1. Stress Incontinence:
    • Leakage of urine during activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, or exercising.
    • Typically occurs due to weakened pelvic floor muscles or a weakened sphincter.
  2. Urge Incontinence (Overactive Bladder):
    • Sudden, strong urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine before reaching the toilet.
    • Frequent urination, often more than eight times a day.
    • May be caused by an overactive bladder muscle.
  3. Overflow Incontinence:
    • Frequent or constant dribbling of urine.
    • Inability to empty the bladder fully.
    • Weak urinary stream.
    • Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.
    • Often related to a blockage in the urinary tract or a problem with the bladder muscle.
  4. Functional Incontinence:
    • Inability to reach the toilet in time due to physical or cognitive impairments.
    • This type of incontinence is not primarily related to a problem with the urinary system but is a result of other underlying conditions or limitations.
  5. Mixed Incontinence:
    • A combination of two or more types of incontinence, such as stress and urge incontinence occurring together.


If you find that you’re experiencing frequent and urgent urination, it’s a good idea to consult with a Women’s Health Physical Therapist.

Frequent urination can be a symptom of underlying medical conditions, such as a urinary tract infection, overactive bladder, or other urinary issues, which may need to be addressed with appropriate treatment.

Treatment options for pelvic floor therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapy is valuable for both men and women who experience pelvic floor issues, such as incontinence, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their pelvic health.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in pelvic floor physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Women’s Health Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!