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Urge Incontinence in Women

Urge incontinence is characterized by loss of urine that is associated with a sudden, strong desire to urinate that cannot be postponed. Other symptoms include a need to urinate frequently and waking often during the night to urinate. The condition is also known as overactive bladder.

Some people manage to avoid urine loss by urinating frequently, but find the continual need to have a bathroom available restrictive to their lifestyles.

Treatment for urge incontinence may include behavioral treatments such as pelvic muscle exercises, medication, electrical stimulation or Botox injections.

Our Approach to Urge Incontinence in Women

Incontinence is not an inevitable part of growing older, and there are a variety of treatments available. A leader in this field, UCSF offers innovative, compassionate care to women with urge incontinence. Our team includes gynecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons and physical therapists who specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Treatment options include bladder training, medications and Botox injections, as well as targeted exercises, biofeedback and electrical stimulation to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. For problems with the nerves regulating the bladder, we also offer several types of nerve stimulation therapy.

We believe that empowering women with knowledge is an important part of the healing process, and encourage each patient to participate in choosing the best treatment option for her.

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • One of the nation’s best in obstetrics & gynecology

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    Best in Northern California for urology

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.