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How is stress incontinence different from urge incontinence?

Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Urology
Stress and urge incontinence are very different. With urge incontinence, you have unpredictable leakage. The bladder just squeezes, and you have an accident. A lot of patients who have urge incontinence will also have frequency (urinating or voiding more than eight times or more in 24 hours). Stress incontinence, on the other hand, is usually with activity such as running or jumping. Or you have a good laugh and all of a sudden, you have a little bit of leakage, spurts of urine.
 

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