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Continence & incontinence

When you read about urinary problems, you will see the terms continence and incontinence.

Urinary continence means having full control of your bladder.

Urinary incontinence is when you don't have full control of your bladder and you can't stop yourself weeing. This can mean:

The incontinence can range from occasionally leaking a few drops to a level that affects your daily activities.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. May 2016.

See also:

Urinary incontinence in women

Urinary symptoms in men

Urinary problems in older adults

Bedwetting & daytime wetting in children

Page reference: 264391

Review key: HIURS-53047