The two most common types of incontinence are (1) stress urinary incontinence, which are leaks when you laugh, cough or exercise, and (2) urge urinary incontinence, which is when you have a sudden uncontrollable urge to urinate. With urge incontinence the bladder muscles contract at the wrong times, causing you to have accidents. Urge incontinence is sometimes called “overactive bladder’ and is very common in older adults. Urge incontinence is typically treated through behavioral modifications, medications, electrical stimulation, or surgery.
If you have urge incontinence, you may qualify for this clinical research study of a new experimental treatment.