One in three women living in the community experience unwanted urinary leakage The commonest type on incontinence in middle age women is stress urinary incontinence. This involves leakage with activity as demonstrated in the animation.
Bladder urgency and urge incontinence is also very common affecting 15-20% women and is increasingly common with ageing. Click on the animation to understand the urgent or overactive bladder.
Urinary retention is relatively uncommon in women and there are two types of retention. Obstructed retention is usually a result of urethral kinking due to a large vaginal prolapse or after surgery for prolapse or urinary incontinence. Non-obstructed urination is associated with neurological conditions such as bulging disc in the spine, strokes or multiple sclerosis.