Urge incontinence is an urgent desire to urinate followed by uncontrolled loss of urine.
What is going on in the body?
Normally, people can hold urine for some time after feeling that the bladder is full. People with urge incontinence cannot hold it and need to find a bathroom quickly.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
The most common sudden cause is a urinary tract infection. Urge incontinence without infection is common in older people and often has no clear cause. Other causes of urge incontinence are:
overactive bladder muscles
obstruction of urine flow
medication side effects
weakened bladder muscles
bladder stones and tumors