Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is urinary incontinence?

Premier Health’s Dr. Jerome Yaklic defines urinary incontinence, a common women’s health issue. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medline Plus defines urinary incontinence (UI) as the loss of bladder control. However, people may experience the loss of bladder control differently. Some may experience leaking urine while others experience strong, sudden urges to urinate.

The Office on Women’s Health outlines five different types of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress incontinence
    Urine leaks as a result of pressure on the bladder, such as when you cough, sneeze or lift a heavy object.
  • Urge incontinence
    Urine is released because a person experiences a strong sudden urge to urinate and may not make it to the bathroom in time. This type of urinary incontinence is also known as overactive bladder (OAB).
  • Overflow incontinence
    Urine leaks because a person’s bladder does not empty completely when they go to the bathroom.
  • Functional incontinence
    Urine leaks because a person cannot make it to the toilet on time because of a physical or mental impairment.
  • Mixed incontinence
    A person experiences symptoms of more than one type of urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence is more common among women, especially women who have had children. Overflow incontinence, on the other hand, is more common in men who have had prostate problems and/or prostate surgery.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about urinary incontinence.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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