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The main symptom of urinary incontinence is leakage of urine. This leakage can be frequent or rare. It can be a soaking or a small squirt.

Urge incontinence can cause leakage during sleep.

A urinary tract infection is likely to be causing incontinence if urine leakage is accompanied by:

  • Pain during urination

  • Pink, red or dark discoloration of your urine

  • Urine odor

  • Abdominal or back pain

  • Frequent urinating

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