Mixed urinary incontinence:
- Urinary incontinence (UI) is a symptom that can affect women of all ages, with a wide range of severity and impact on quality of life. It is common but not normal.
- Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of stress urinary incontinence and urgency urinary incontinence.
- Mixed urinary incontinence is defined as involuntary loss of urine associated with urgency and also with effort or physical exertion or on sneezing or coughing.
- There are many barriers to seeking advice/treatment for symptoms of UI. We also know that many women are not able to contract their pelvic floor muscles effectively, so if a woman reports symptoms please refer for further assessment.
Main presenting features:
- Leakage of urine on effort or exertion or on sneezing or coughing.
As well as
- A sudden, intense need to empty the bladder which is often difficult to delay.
- The urge sensation may be linked to specific triggers, for example arriving home (latch-key urgency), a change of position or the sound of running water.
- An associated increase in urinary frequency or nocturia.
- For more information on stress or urgency urinary incontinence please see the separate information sheets for each condition.