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Incontinence is generally divided into four major types. It is possible to have more than one type.

Stress Incontinence

Leakage of urine as a result of sudden stress to the bladder. Often this is caused by coughing, laughing, exercising, or lifting a heavy object.Click to view products for Stress Incontinence.

 

Urge Incontinence

A sudden urge, so strong that it can't be held in. This type generally occurs if you can't reach the bathroom in time after the urge, or as a result of decreased muscle control.Click to view products for Urge Incontinence.

 

Overflow Incontinence

Involuntary urination because the bladder is filled beyond capacity. Pressure on the bladder builds up and the muscles surrounding the bladder are unable to hold in the urine.

Reflex Incontinence

Involuntary urination without the sense of a full bladder. You may be completely unaware of the need to urinate when this occurs.

 

Mixed Incontinence

Symptoms of Stress and Urge Incontinence, indicating that both the bladder and its outlet muscle, called the sphincter [SFINK-ter] muscle, are affected.

 

Expect Help From Your Doctor

Persist until you find a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder control problems. Successful treatment requires accurate diagnosis, so expect to have a complete examination to determine the cause of your incontinence. Together, you and your physician will find the best treatment for you. If your family physician does not have a special interest in diagnosing and treating incontinence, ask to be referred to a specialist.


Chart provided by PaperPak, Inc. the makers of Attends Products.

 

Facts You Should Know...

Incontinence is a common condition. It is the loss of bladder/bowel control. Incontinence affects an estimated 13 million Americans. It robs many men and women of their independence and spoils the quality of life for countless others. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from incontinence are unaware that help is available for this medical condition.

Incontinence may be partial or complete, and a temporary or continuing condition. It affects both men and women of all ages and all races.

Unfortunately, incontinence often places a stigma on a person that is worse than the physical condition causing the incontinence. People would rather stay home alone than risk the embarrassment of having an accident in front of friends or family. This isolation can lead to depression and a complete withdrawal from social activities.

Incontinence is Treatable!

Incontinence is a symptom with many causes, so it is important to seek treatment to find out what is causing it and what can be done about it. Incontinence occurs in several forms, and each form may have several treatment options.

Causes of Incontinence

Loss of bladder control can occur for a number of reasons, not all of which are permanent. Some of these reasons are:

·infections or inflammations of the  bladder, prostate gland, or the  surrounding muscles

·nervous system disorders, such  as spina bifida, diabetes, or  strokes

·neuromuscular diseases, such as  multiple sclerosis and cerebral  palsy

·weakened muscle control due to  age or such natural occurrences  as childbirth

·damage due to spinal cord injuries

·side effects of surgery.