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Understanding Incontinence

Posted: January 22, 2014

You know how it’s affecting your life. But what is it and why it is happening to you? Incontinence is the inability to control either urine or fecal elimination, and there are six basic types of urinary incontinence. Understanding them will help you determine the best products available to support your situation.

Stress Incontinence
An involuntary loss of small amounts of urine when you cough, laugh, lift or exercise. This can be caused by multiple vaginal births, enlarged prostate, pelvic trauma or loss of pelvic muscle tone.

Urge Incontinence
The inability to control urinating once the need arises. In other words, you’ll feel the need to urinate (be warned), but you’ll be unable to hold it until you get to the bathroom. This can be caused by Alzheimer's, Parkinsonism, enlarged prostate, spinal cord injuries or urinary tract infections.

Reflux Incontinence
This is the frequent loss of urine with no warning. This can be caused by spinal cord injuries, brain tumors or strokes.

Overflow Incontinence
When your bladder is full, leakage occurs. You might experience dribbling, urgency and bladder distention. This is most commonly brought on by diseases that cause a blockage of the natural passageway of urine.

Functional Incontinence
This is caused by factors outside of the urinary tract; if these factors are eliminiated, the person would regain continence. Common external factors are immobility or cognitive impairment.

Mixed Incontinence
As the name suggests, this is a combination of any of the above forms of incontinence. If you find that you are experiencing any level of incontinence, it’s important to discuss your options and possible treatments moving forward. Your doctor will likely work with you to make a list of any risk factors you may have.

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