urge incontinence


: involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder when a sudden strong need to urinate is felt compare stress incontinence

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The two most common types of urinary incontinence include stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and urge incontinence (overactive bladder). Cori Ritchey, SELF, 16 Dec. 2022 There are two main types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence, Suzette Sutherland, MD, director of female urology and associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, tells SELF. Erica Sweeney, SELF, 7 Nov. 2022 For urge incontinence, your healthcare provider may recommend prescription medication, such as an estrogen cream applied directly to the urethral tissue, and/or Botox injections that relax your bladder muscles. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 3 Oct. 2022 This is different from another common type known as urge incontinence or urgency incontinence. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 3 Oct. 2022 Your risk is also higher if a close family member has urinary incontinence, especially urge incontinence, per the Mayo Clinic. Jessica Migala, Health.com, 22 Feb. 2022 There are, says Lauren Stewart, MD, assistant professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology and director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at NYU Langone, two types of incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2022 These breathable pads are great for heavy urge incontinence, and offer protection against leaks, odor, and moisture. Alice Oglethorpe, Good Housekeeping, 15 Aug. 2020 For those with mixed incontinence, treatments for both stress and urge incontinence are needed to find relief. Alice Oglethorpe, Good Housekeeping, 15 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of urge incontinence was in 1980

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Cite this Entry

“Urge incontinence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urge%20incontinence. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

urge incontinence

: involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder when a sudden strong need to urinate is felt
Urge incontinence, the involuntary urine loss associated with a strong sensation to void, is especially common among older women and is usually associated with detrusor instability or reduced bladder capacity.Kathryn L. Burgio et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association
compare stress incontinence
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