Types Of Incontinence
Understanding makes it easier to manage
5.1 million British men and women are affected by incontinence, so if a leaking bladder has you worried, you’re not alone. However, knowing what type of incontinence you have is perhaps the first important step to finding the right treatment. Your doctor can then advise you what treatment options are available for your specific type of incontinence.
This section outlines all the types of incontinence, their causes and treatment options.
There are six types of incontinence
- Urge – Urge incontinence mainly occurs when the need to urinate comes on so quickly that you sometimes fail to make it to the toilet in time.
- Overflow – Overflow incontinence occurs when the body has difficulty passing urine, causing the bladder to remain constantly full, leading to a small amount of leakage.
- Stress – Stress incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence, and occurs when a laugh, sneeze, cough, or lifting heavy objects puts extra strain on the bladder.
- Functional – Functional incontinence occurs not from bladder problems, but rather from the physical problems of actually getting to the loo in time.
- Bowel – Bowel incontinence (faecal incontinence) can occur in men and women. It is essentially leakage from the bowel due to poor bowel control.
- Enuresis – Enuresis (bed-wetting) can occur after a stressful episode, a urinary tract infection, as a side effect of medication or a result of a medical condition.
Incontinent treatment options
Once you have a fairly good idea of which type of incontinence you have, your doctor may recommend a range of incontinent treatment options including:
- Pelvic floor (or Kegel) exercises
- Bladder training
- Lifestyle changes
- Incontinence aids
The good news is that incontinence is an extremely common problem and that you don’t have to suffer alone. The important thing is to consult your doctor sooner rather than later to get a better idea of what your body is doing and then discuss the best way to tackle or lessen your incontinence.