Leakage of urine is called urinary incontinence. A woman may leak urine when she coughs, laughs, or sneezes. Leaks also can happen when a woman walks, runs, or exercises. It is a common problem in women. Some women occasionally leak small amounts of urine. At other times, leakage of urine is frequent or severe. Often, women with this condition are too embarrassed to tell their health care providers about their symptoms. However, with proper diagnosis, urinary incontinence can most often be treated.