What is incontinence? Causes and types of incontinence

  • Incontinence and its causes

    Updated on 14/06/2019

    Incontinence can be a very upsetting condition both for those suffering with it and the people around them. However, it is important to understand that incontinence can happen for a variety of reasons. There are a number of physical problems which directly affect the bladder and how it functions.

  • Incontinence can be caused by many different factors. While most cases of urinary incontinence will have a physiological cause, other factors such as the environment, social and psychological influences cannot be overlooked when considering why someone has become incontinent. Other common causes are health related and also age related.

  • Urinary incontinece

    Urniary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It is a common problem that affects approximately 6 million adults and 500,000 children over the age of 5 in the UK.

    There are several different type of urinary incontinence including

    - Stress Incontinence

    - Urge Incontinence.

    - Overflow Incontinence.

    - Mixed Incontinence.

    - Functional Incontinence.

    This may happen all or most of the time, or may just be a case of the occasional unfortunate leakage. Urinary incontinence is far more common than faecal incontinence – although both conditions affect millions of people every day.

  • Faecal incontinence

    This is an inability to control bowel movements, which means that faeces can leak out uncontrollably. Some people may just pass a small amount when passing wind, whilst others may have a complete loss of bowel control. This can severely affect a person’s quality of life, self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.

    Again, the most important point to remember is that everyone with incontinence, whether Urinary or Faecal, can be helped and some can be completely cured. Find out what you can do to help care for a loved one or where to get some more help.

    If a diagnosis has not yet been made by a healthcare professional, the following information about the symptoms may give you a better idea of what the problem could be and may help with any future discussions with a Healthcare professional.

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