Urge Incontinence, also known as frequent urination or overactive bladder, refers to a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate, often with little warning. Urge Incontinence is a type of Urinary Incontinence, which is a loss of voluntary control over urination.

'Latch key' urgency is commonly experienced in people with poor bladder control, and refers to the immediate and urgent need to go to the toilet as soon as the key is put in the door when you get home, often resulting in leakage.

Urge Incontinence symptoms

Symptoms of Urge Incontinence include needing to urinate often and without control, even during the night. People with Urge Incontinence will often find it difficult to reach the toilet in time.

Urge Incontinence causes

Urge Incontinence generally occurs when the bladder contract abnormally1. Sphincter muscles are responsible for the control and release of urine in a healthy bladder, but with Urge Incontinence, the muscles in the bladder are overactive, and contract and spasm, making you feel as though you need to urinate, even when the bladder isn't full.

Other causes of Urge Incontinence can include:

  • Increased fluid intake, particularly diuretics such as caffeine and alcohol
  • Drop in oestrogen levels in women during the menopause
  • Enlarged prostate in men
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Serious disease - Parkinson's, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (consult your GP if you're concerned)
  • Spinal cord damage

Stress Incontinence Treatments

Simple lifestyle changes such as reducing intake of fluids before bed, particularly caffeinated or alcoholic beverages can help to alleviate the symptoms of Urge Incontinence. Alleviating stress and anxiety can also help.

Pelvic floor exercises are also used for Urge Incontinence to restore bladder control. INNOVO offers a compelling and innovative alternative to manual pelvic floor exercises, and also has a specific Urge Incontinence programme that focuses on calming down the bladder muscles that are overactive.

INNOVO is a clinically proven, truly non-invasive and long-lasting solution to Urinary Incontinence. Easy to use and comfortable to wear, INNOVO helps you safely and effectively strengthen and re-educate the entire network of pelvic floor muscles through gentle muscle stimulation.

Using INNOVO for just 30 minutes a day/five days a week over 12 weeks has been proven to treat bladder weakness - delivering effective results in as little as 4 weeks2.

INNOVO treats Stress, Urge and Mixed Incontinence in women and men of all ages, and is the only non-invasive pelvic floor exerciser that targets the root cause of the problem. INNOVO's Urge Incontinence Programme can help with an overactive bladder as the stimulations are designed to calm down the muscles spasms that occur and which trigger your constant need to use the loo.

A clinical study found that:

  • 80% of users saw a significant reduction in leaks after just 4 weeks2
  • 87% of users were defined as either dry or almost dry after 12 weeks3
  • 90% of users would recommend the therapy to others4

1 https://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/urge#1

2 Soeder S, et al, A randomised, controlled, double-blind, clinical study to compare two neuromuscular stimulator devices in female stress urinary incontinence: Effects on symptoms and quality of life. IUGA Conference 2018

3 R. Dmochowski – Novel external electrical muscle stimulation device for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: randomized controlled noninferiority trial versus intravaginal electrical stimulation. ICS Conference 2018

4 Observational study on the treatment of stress urinary incontinence with Innovotherapy, April 2014

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