Urinary incontinence

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We offer a number of effective treatments to help with urinary incontinence (the accidental passing of urine)

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About urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence refers to the accidental passing of urine. It affects up to 3 million people in the UK, including 15% of women and 5% of men in their mid-40s. Instances of it increase with age.

There are different types of urinary incontinence, from stress to giggle incontinence. Depending on the cause, we offer various effective treatments.

Need to know

There a different types of urinary incontinence, each with their own symptoms.

  • Stress incontinence: leaking during periods of abdominal pressure (coughing, sneezing, lifting and straining).
  • Urge incontinence: leaking when you feel a sudden urge to pass urine.
  • Mixed incontinence: combined stress and urge incontinence.
  • Overflow incontinence: when you're unable to fully empty your bladder.
  • Functional incontinence: inability to urine because of brain or mobility disorders.
  • Post-micturition dribble: leaking after passing urine.
  • Giggle incontinence: leaking after giggling or laughing.
Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you to make a diagnosis. They will mostly likely take a urological history to find out what type of incontinence you have. And they may carry out a physical examination, which could include an examination of your abdomen, rectum or vagina. Additional tests may also be carried out, including general blood tests, urine tests and ultrasound scans. Your GP or consultant urologist will explain which tests are right for you.
Depending on the cause, we offer a number of simple yet effective treatments for urinary incontinence. These may include pelvic floor exercises taught by a specialist physiotherapist; lifestyle changes (like reducing caffeine intake); drug treatments; and minimally-invasive surgery, such as tension-free vaginal tape or transobturator tape. Your GP or consultant will explain your treatment options and help you settle on the best approach for you.

Our Urinary incontinence locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.