The Different Types of Incontinence

Incontinence affects 1 in 4 Australian adults and is the involuntary loss or leakage of urine or faeces in individuals. There are several different types of incontinence and they can be caused by either underlying medical conditions, lifestyle factors or be a temporary condition after surgery. Knowing what type of incontinence you're dealing with can help you find the right product when it comes to incontinence management. So, what kinds of incontinence are there?

Stress Incontinence 
Often caused by a weakened pelvic floor muscle, this type of incontinence is also commonly referred to as exercise incontinence. It is the most common form of incontinence and occurs when excess pressure is placed on the bladder and weakened pelvic floor muscle, leading to the loss of small amounts of urine. This is also a common after-affect of medical operations or surgeries - and can be temporary or long-term. It's important to find the right continence aids depending on the amount of urine loss to manage stress incontinence.

Pregnancy Incontinence 
Pregnancy is one of the leading causes of incontinence in women with research showing that over 40% of pregnant women will experience urinary incontinence. As a result of hormonal changes, the pregnant belly putting extra pressure on the bladder as well as a weakened pelvis floor muscle post-birth, using incontinence products like pads or liners is common during and after pregnancy.

Urge Incontinence
Urge Incontinence is the very sudden urge or immediate need to urinate that cannot be stopped. This can sometimes be caused by nervous disorders, while medication or large amounts of alcohol can also play a role. Understanding which incontinence product suits the sufferers lifestyle best is how can you choose the right aid to manage urge incontinence.

Overflow or Drip Incontinence 

Overflow or Drip Incontinence describes a person's inability to completely empty their bladder. It occurs most often when there is damage to the nerves and muscles around the bladder and can be a temporary or long-term issue for sufferers. When buying continence aids for overflow or drip incontinence, identify whether a light, moderate or heavy amount of urine is lost and find products that suit those individual needs.

Functional Incontinence 
Functional Incontinence can occur when a psychological or physical condition makes it difficult to reach the toilet. Functional incontinence often occurs in people with eye problems and patients who are bedridden. Management of functional incontinence is specific to the individual and what kind of continence aids they may require.

Reflex Incontinence or Neurological Incontinence 
Reflex incontinence or Neurological Incontinence are terms used to describe any incontinence that is caused by neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Similar to Functional Incontinence, depending on a sufferers specific needs - different continence aids will be required.

Bowl Incontinence
Bowel Incontinence (also known as Fecal Incontinence) is the unintentional loss of stool. The most common of bowel incontinence occurs when there is damage to or a weakening of the anal sphincter muscle. These can be caused by congenital abnormalities or form after complications from a surgery or medical operation. Continence aids such as pull up pants (also known as briefs or slips) are a good option when it comes to managing bowel incontinence.

Effective incontinence management very much depends on the individual using the continence aids. Find the best incontinence products for your needs in one place - including pads, pants or liners, furniture protection and bed and mattress protectors.

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