Sudden Incontinence in Women

Sudden Urinary Incontinence in women also known as “Sudden Incontinence” is a general term for any persistent disorder that results in an involuntary loss of urine. The mechanisms that trigger Sudden Incontinence are sometimes difficult to determine but certain foods, such as tomatoes, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol, can cause bladder symptoms. If a sudden involuntary loss of urine is accompanied by pain, pressure or burning it may be interstitial cystitis, urethritis or painful bladder syndrome and a healthcare professional should be consulted directly. If you have a spinal injury or a degenerative neurological disorder like Alzheimer’s and experience sudden incontinence there could be a disruption in the signal from your brain to your pelvic muscles. Contact your physician immediately.

Sudden incontinence in women is from a spasmodic muscle contraction perspective, is “Urge Incontinence” also known as; “Irritable bladder,” "Overactive bladder" or "spastic bladder.” The sudden involuntary loss of urine can be embarrassing sometimes inciting a pervasive fear of judgement by others resulting in self-imposed restrictions to limit activity. In addition, it is expensive. The true total annual cost per woman for incontinence is over $2,000 for laundry, dry cleaning, damage to clothes and furniture. [1]

Healthy pelvic floor (left) weakened pelvic floor (right) | All rights reserved and copyright with Library of Congress RLI ©2016

Healthy pelvic floor (left) weakened pelvic floor (right) | All rights reserved and copyright with Library of Congress RLI ©2016

Sudden incontinence in women is not a consequence of aging, nor is it a disease nor is it life-threatening. Scientific studies indicate women from college age (particularly athletes in high impact sports), through their 30’s to women 54 years and older, experience occasional to frequent urine leakage. [2] [3] Rather, it is a sign that there is an underlying problem. There are a number of incontinence remedies and some with excellent outcome capabilities.  Understanding the causes of for overactive bladder and the outcomes of the treatments will help you determine the best solution and the discussion should include your healthcare professional.

What Are The Causes of Urinary Incontinence, Including Urge Incontinence, and Sudden Incontinence

The muscles of the pelvic floor hold and directly support a woman’s organs including the bladder, uterus, bowel and intestines (see Left Image). If the muscles of the pelvic floor weaken and can no longer hold the organs in their natural postural position, the organs shift, which places pressure on the bladder and results in what is commonly known as stress urinary incontinence – peeing when you cough or laugh (see figure 2). [4] In addition, muscle tone – for good or bad – affects continence by responding to intra-abdominal (urinary) cues. Atrophied muscles can contract spasmodically (cramp) causing urge incontinence. [5] Sudden incontinence is not caused from your bladder jumping around! The detrusor is the bladder muscle which, can contract inciting the feeling of having to go. In fact, for decades, bladder problems were identified as incontinence or “detrusor instability.”

Sudden Incontinence happens when the patient has both urge and stress urinary incontinence. Mixed incontinence is common and can result from abdominal surgery.

So, a weak bladder cure is to return the organs in their natural postural position and promote muscle respiration so they do not spasm.



2. Prevalence of Incontinence Among Older Americans, June 2014

3. Schettino, M.T., Mainini, G., Ercoland, S., et al. (2014). “Risk of pelvic floor dysfunctions in young athletes.” Clinical & Experimental Obstetric & Gynecology 41, no: 671-676.

4. U.S. National Library of Medicine (2016). Stress urinary incontinence: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.

5. U.S. National Library of Medicine (2016). Urge incontinence: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.