The most common forms of incontinence are called urge and stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is also known as stress urinary incontinence or urinary stress incontinence, and urge incontinence is also known as urgency incontinence. Find out more about other types of incontinence in our blog What Kind of Incontinence Do You Have?
Despite its name, stress incontinence has nothing to do with psychological stress, but occurs when actions such as coughing, laughing, running or heavy lifting put strain on the bladder, allowing urine to escape.
Urge incontinence, on the other hand, is caused by overactivity of the detrusor muscles, which control the bladder. People with Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB) feel the need to urinate frequently throughout the day and night, and often experience a sudden and uncontrollable impulse to urinate. When this unintentional urination occurs it is known as urge incontinence.