Incontinence Information

There are four basic types of Urinary Incontinence

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

Urge Incontinence: Inability to control urinating once you feel the need to void. Simply, you may feel the need to urinate but cannot wait to get to the bathroom. It can be caused by Alzheimer's, Parkinsonism, enlarged prostate, spinal cord injuries or urinary tract infections.

Reflex Incontinence: This is frequent loss of urine with no warning. This is due to spinal cord injuries, brain tumors or strokes.

Overflow Incontinence: Leakage of urine when the bladder is full. For example the person experiences dribbling, frequency, urgency and bladder distention. It is most commonly caused by diseases that cause a blockage of the natural passage way of urine.

Bowel or Fecal Incontinence is also very common.... It can be defined as the inability to contain or "hold" a bowel movement. It can be caused by being constipated often and for long periods, or on the opposite end of the spectrum by severe or long-term diarrhea.

If you are experiencing some type of incontinence there are products that can help you deal with this problem…. Although some causes of incontinence are treated very effectively with surgery, it is not the only answer. Some types of incontinence respond well to simple exercise techniques. There are medications that can help some types of incontinence. There are other techniques like "bladder or bowel training" that help you learn new ways of controlling urination or bowel movements. The first step is to find out why you have the problem and then discuss the best treatment options with your doctor.