What's Daytime Urinary Incontinence (DUI)?

Daytime urinary incontinence (DUI) is any bladder (wee) leakage that happens while you’re awake. It’s sometimes also called daytime wetting. It’s a very common condition across Australia and around the world, and can be caused by lots of different things.


Daytime urinary incontinence (DUI) is experienced by many young people, and up to 1 in 4 adults too. Here’s some reasons why it happens.


Pelvic Floor problems

The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that support your bladder and bowels. Learning to use and control your pelvic floor is often an important part of treating urinary (wee) incontinence. Sometimes people need to do pelvic floor exercises, which a doctor or continence physio helps with. You can learn more about the pelvic floor here.

Or to learn more about the female pelvic floor in teenage girls, visit Go Against the Flow

Overactive bladder

The bladder is a muscle which squeezes (or contracts) to empty itself when it’s full. An overactive bladder means the bladder squeezes before it’s full. It can sometimes do this when you’re not ready. You might go to the toilet often, feel the urge to go very suddenly and find it hard to hold on until you get to a toilet. There are bladder training techniques and some medications that can help with DUI caused by an overactive bladder, but it’s important to discuss any treatments with your doctor.

Other causes

There are lots of other causes of DUI so it’s important to talk to a doctor if you’re not already in treatment or want to know more.

Chat to us

If you’d like to talk with a trained continence nurse about any bladder or bowels concerns, call the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 for free anytime from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

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