If you experience a sudden and intense urge to urinate, followed by an involuntary loss of urine, you may have urge incontinence. Other symptoms of urge incontinence include:
- Urinating while sleeping.
- Urinating after drinking small amounts of water.
- Urinating when touching or hearing water.
A common cause of urge incontinence is inappropriate bladder contractions. These contractions might be generated by abnormal nerve signals. Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and surgery injuries, can all damage bladder nerves or muscles.
Urge incontinence can be treated in different ways. Anticholinergics (prescription medication) help to calm an overactive bladder. These medications may be helpful for urge incontinence but may also increase the likelihood of a side effect.
In some cases, injections of onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox) may help patients indicated with urge incontinence too. These injections need to be administered every six to nine months and often may cause urinary retention.
As a last resource, a physician may recommend the installation of a sacral nerve stimulator. This device can help control bladder functions by emitting an electrical pulse that stimulates the nerve.
EmbaGYN is indicated for stress, urge, and mixed incontinence, and TensCare has conducted clinical trials for treatment of stress and mixed incontinence.