Urge incontinence differs from other types of incontinence because it is caused by uncontrolled or unanticipated bladder contractions. Urge incontinence is typically treated with medication, bladder retraining, or surgery. While common in both men and women, urge incontinence is especially common in men with prostate problems such as enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
The condition has the name “urge incontinence” because of its characteristic of sudden “urges” to urinate that are not necessarily present in other types of incontinence. Those suffering from urge incontinence may have little or no warning of bladder contractions, often resulting in embarrassing involuntary release of urine.
It is important to make sure that your condition is properly diagnosed, as many people mistake minor urinary tract infections (UTIs) for urge incontinence.
For treatment with medication, anticholinergic drugs are the most popular solution. Some urge incontinence issues can be improved by urinating at regular intervals rather than waiting for the feeling that you need to urinate. Some doctors advise reducing fluid intake or consuming fluids in smaller volumes throughout the day. By doing this, you can prevent your urinary system from becoming overloaded with large amounts of fluids, worsening the symptoms of urge incontinence.