What is giggle incontinence?

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Jill Rabin
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Giggle incontinence goes far beyond the stress incontinence a person encounters when laughing too hard. Giggle incontinence occurs when a person who is laughing hysterically experiences an unexpected, unintentional, uncontrollable, and total emptying of the bladder. Giggle incontinence usually occurs in teenage girls who are otherwise continent. The cause of giggle incontinence remains undetermined, although unstable bladder contractions may be responsible. Giggle incontinence is almost always temporary.

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