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Incontinence Conditions

Around 10 million people in the UK are affected by incontinence, so you’re not alone if you have noticed symptoms. The first step to finding the right treatment is to determine which type of incontinence you have. The information below will help you to identify your condition before you visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis and advice on treatment.

Types of urinary incontinence

Like many medical conditions, there are various types of incontinence. Symptoms, causes and treatment options will differ for each. Below are some of the most common incontinence conditions:


Stress incontinence

The most common type of incontinence occurs when physical exertion puts strain on the bladder.

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Urge incontinence

This happens when the need to go comes on suddenly, leaving you little or no time to get to the toilet.

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Overflow incontinence

This type of incontinence occurs when the body has difficulty passing urine or fully emptying the bladder.

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Functional incontinence

This is related to physical problems getting to the toilet – for example, from mobility issues or dementia.

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Nocturnal enuresis

Also known as bed-wetting, adults experience this for various reasons, including stress or a urinary tract infection.

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Overactive bladder

This results from the sudden, involuntary contraction of the bladder, causing an uncontrollable urge to urinate.

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Interstitial Cystitis

This is sometimes referred to as painful bladder syndrome, which typically leaves your bladder inflamed or irritated.

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The truth about incontinence

Incontinence is a common condition, and not something to feel ashamed of. By keeping quiet, you may be missing out on useful information that could help you overcome or manage the condition. We have worked with Dr Sara Kayat to provide accurate answers to some of the most common incontinence questions:

Incontinence facts

Dr Sara explains the causes of incontinence and how to diagnose and treat the condition.

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Incontinence myths

From avoiding exercise, to restricting your water intake, Dr Sara debunks common incontinence myths.

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Incontinence conditions

Understanding incontinence is the first step to managing it. The condition can be temporary – such as stress incontinence caused by pregnancy – and may be treatable.

Regardless of the type of incontinence you have, the condition is always manageable. Pelvic floor exercises, lifestyle changes and medication can all reduce the effects of incontinence.

It’s important you find a suitable product to allow you to continue doing the things you love, with confidence. Order a free sample of Depend now to see which is best for your needs.

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