Types of Incontinence

Incontinence can have various causes. Understanding the underlying cause and type of incontinence is vital to understanding the different treatments and products that are available.

The most common cause of incontinence is weakening or damaging of the pelvic floor muscles. Incontinence can also be caused by underlying neurological disorders, prostate problems and more practical problems such as poor accessibility of the toilet - for example in the case of blindness or a physical disability.

One thing the different types of incontinence have in common is that in most cases something can be done about it. Consulting a doctor or health care professional in time is very important.

Different types of incontinence

ABENA offers a wide range of incontinence products to help with continence management and improve the quality of life for those who live with these symptoms.

Our incontinence supplies cover everything from incontinence pads in numerous sizes and shapes to bed protection products such as absorbent under pads and protective sheets. We even have specialized products like fecal incontinence pads, gender specific products such as male incontinence pads shaped for the male anatomy and junior products.

Each type of incontinence can lead to different degrees of leakage, which is why it is important to find the right incontinence product for your individual need.

Pregnancy and Incontinence

Pregnancy is a fantastic time for most women, but many expecting mothers also experience the less charming aspects: fatigue, upset stomach and lower back pain. In addition, women regularly suffer from incontinence during and after pregnancy.

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Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence is a type of incontinence in which a sudden urge to urinate arises which cannot be suppressed. Irritation of the bladder, old age and psychological factors may play a role in the development of urge incontinence.

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Children and incontinence

Most children gain daytime bladder control by the age of fourm but for some children, bladder control is more difficult. Fortunately, the reasons for daytime wetting are usually innocent.

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What is Functional incontinence?

Functional incontinence is a form of involuntary urine loss in which the bladder works normally, but physical, psychological or environmental limitations means a person is unable to reach the toilet in time.

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Overactive bladder

Healthy adults empty their bladder 6-10 times a day. When you start needing to go more frequently, it could be a sign of an overactive or sensitive bladder.

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Incontinence and Men

Incontinence in men is more common than many people think. Usually incontinence in men is due to prostate problems, but fortunately there are many treatment options for men with incontinence.

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Women and incontinence

It is estimated that twice as many women as men live with urinary incontinence. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause make urinary incontinence more likely.

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Stress incontinence or exercise incontinence

Stress incontinence – or exercise incontinence - is the most common form of incontinence, affecting about 1 out of 5 women over the age of 40. Stress incontinence generally occurs with physical exertion such as running, jumping and coughing, which is why stress incontinence is also called exercise incontinence.

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Urinary Incontinence and menopause

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Neurogenic Bladder and reflex incontinence

Reflex incontinence or neurogenic bladder is the collective term for incontinence caused by neurological conditions. A variety of neurological disorders and diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), a paraplegia and spina bifida, can cause problems with bladder control.

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Overflow incontinence or drip incontinence

In overflow or drip incontinence the bladder is almost literally ‘overflowing’. Because people with overflow incontinence are not able to empty the bladder entirely, the bladder becomes overfilled, eventually resulting in drips of overflow urine.

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Fecal incontinence

Incontinence is generally associated with loss of bladder control, but incontinence can also mean leakage of stools. While fecal incontinence is more common in the elderly, adults and children can also be affected.

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