Urge Incontinence is a loss of urine (sometimes large amounts), following an urgent need to empty the bladder. The urge can be extremely strong and impossible to ignore. People suffering from urge incontinence often develop a pattern of emptying their bladder frequently during the day and often at night too. They will typically plan their days around washroom availability. It can make travelling and going to new places very stressful.
Many factors can contribute to urgency: pelvic floor muscles may be too weak or too tight. There may be increased pressure on the bladder from an over-active core. Some medications, certain neurological conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease), poor breathing patterns, and anxiety can all play a role.
A pelvic health assessment will identify your specific factors and tailor treatment to your needs and goals. This may include Kegel exercises, modifying Kegels or even stopping them altogether and teaching reverse Kegels. Bladder training, urge suppression techniques, mindfulness, diaphragmatic breathing and yoga may be incorporated into a treatment program.