Learning About The Three Types of Incontinence

UPDATED November 18, 2013

Urinary Incontinence is the term used when an individual is unable to control one’s bladder. However, urinary incontinence can occur in several forms. There are three primary types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and overflow incontinence. Below we discuss each type of incontinence in detail.

Stress Incontinence: Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence experienced by women. It is caused by weakened pelvic muscles, which are unable to properly hold in urine. Pelvic weakness can be caused by a variety of different occurrences including: childbirth, pelvic surgery, injury to the urethra, and certain medications. Stress incontinence is also a common side effect experienced by women during menopause. Certain actions such as sneezing, exercising, laughing, or coughing can put pressure on the walls of the bladder, ultimately causing it to leak. As many women get older, pelvic muscles naturally weaken, enhancing the probability of stress incontinence. Incontinence panties are a stylish and comfortable solution for women coping with stress incontinence.

Urge Incontinence: Urge incontinence is characterized by the sudden and an in controllable need to urinate. This occurs due to bladder spasms or contractions, and often happens with little to no warning. Urge incontinence often occurs while sleeping or drinking. Other common phrases to describe urge continence are an overactive or spastic bladder, or reflex incontinence. When an individual needs to urinate more than seven times a day or more than twice a night, it is often characterized as urge incontinence.

Overflow Incontinence: Overflow incontinence is the continual leakage of urine from the bladder. When an individual is unable to completely empty the bladder, the bladder will continual to fill up and overflow, eventually causing leakage and overflow. Individuals who cope with overflow incontinence often have the sensation of never being able to completely empty the bladder, and only have weaken streams of urine. Often this type of incontinence is a result of nerve damage from diabetes, but can also occur in individuals who have damaged bladders or blocked urethras. Overflow incontinence can also be a result of surgery, spinal cord injury, or poor muscle tone. In some causes, a catheter is used on an occasional or regular basis to assist in fully emptying the bladder.

Learning about the different types of incontinence can help you identify what type of incontinence underwear is right for you or your loved one’s condition. No matter what type of adult incontinence you are coping with, reusable incontinence underwear is an environmentally friendly and economically sound solution. Stay safe, secure, and confident with Wearever’s stylish and reusable incontinence underwear.

UPDATE: There is a 4th type of incontinence that has become more recognized recently. Functional Incontinence is when someone has the inability to reach the bathroom in time. There is often a physical or psychological impairment where you cannot reach the bathroom in time.



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