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Unstable Bladder Overview

Another name for Unstable Bladder is Urgency Incontinence.

What is urgency incontinence?
A person with urgency incontinence has a sudden urge to urinate, followed by spasm of the bladder. The episodes cause urine to leak from the bladder. Common causes of urgency incontinence in women include urinary tract infections and uterine prolapse. Common causes of urgency incontinence in men include an enlarged prostate and prostatitis. Urgency incontinence is more common in women.

What are the symptoms of urgency incontinence?
Symptoms of urgency incontinence include increased urge to urinate, and increased urinary frequency.

How does the doctor treat urgency incontinence?
Treatment for urgency incontinence may include behavioral therapy and meditation, Kegel exercises, medication, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Unstable Bladder References
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