DEPARTMENT OF UROLOGY - RESEARCH

Urinary Incontinence & Voiding Dysfunction

Voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence are conditions in which the bladder is not able to store urine properly (incontinence) or conditions in which the bladder is not able to empty properly (voiding dysfunction).

The incontinence is often categorized by the symptoms that are experienced. The accidental leakage of urine during activities such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, or lifting heavy objects is called stress urinary incontinence (SUI). A sudden and strong feeling of the need to pass urine resulting in urine leakage is called urge urinary incontinence (UUI). A combination of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence is called mixed urinary incontinence MUI).

Voiding dysfunction is often described by symptoms such as frequency (urinating more than 8 times per day), urgency (strong need to urinate) and urine retention (unable to empty your bladder). The problem can affect both women and men. In men, these symptoms can also be due to an enlarged prostate, a condition known as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). BPH can cause many of the urinary symptoms and it can be present with other conditions as well.

Participant information

The following are studies that are enrolling participants. The studies are listed by the condition being studied. (Click on the links for more information)

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence
    • ValUE (ValUE (Value of Urodynamic Evaluation)
  • Urge Urinary Incontinence
    • BRIDGES (BRinging simple urge Incontinence DiaGnosis & treatment to providers)

For more information about stress urinary incontinence, you can visit the sites below: