Types of Urinary & Fecal Incontinence

Problems with bowel and bladder control, regardless of the cause, can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem.  Often, people suffer needlessly because they don’t know that there are medical solutions. 

Bladder control problems are divided into four types.  The most effective treatments depend on the type and cause of bladder problems.



Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence is when urine leaks because of sudden pressure on your lower stomach muscles, such as when you cough, laugh, lift something or exercise. Stress incontinence usually occurs when the pelvic muscles are weakened, for example by childbirth or surgery. Stress incontinence is common in women.


Urge incontinence

This occurs when the need to urinate comes on too fast -- before you can get to a toilet. Your body may only give you a warning of a few seconds to minutes before you urinate. Urge incontinence is most common in the elderly and may be a sign of an infection in the kidneys or bladder.


Overflow incontinence

This type of incontinence is a constant dripping of urine. It's caused by an overfilled bladder. You may feel like you can't empty your bladder all the way and you may strain when urinating. This often occurs in men and can be caused by something blocking the urinary flow, such as an enlarged prostate gland or umor. Diabetes or certain medicines may also cause the problem.


Functional incontinence

This type of incontinence occurs when you have normal urine control but have trouble getting to the bathroom quickly enough. This maybe caused by such undelying conditions as arthritis or other diseases that limit you mobility.





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