Incontinence is a common condition where someone hasn’t any control over their bladder. It can affect someone quite mildly, ie. They leak some urine if they cough or sneeze only or it can get to the other extreme where someone has a sudden urge to go to the toilet, but doesn’t make it in time. It is a very embarrassing problem and condition for some people. There are five types of incontinence: Stress Incontinence, Urge incontinence, Overflow incontinence, Functional incontinence and Mixed incontinence
Stress Incontinence happens when there is pressure on the bladder, such as, when you laugh or sneeze or lift something heavy. Urge incontinence is when you have the sudden urge to urinate but cannot get to the toilet in time or when someone is up frequently during the night to urinate. This can either be caused by an infection or more sever problems such as a neurological disorder or diabetes. Overflow incontinence is when someone experiences leaking frequently throughout the day as the bladder isn’t completely empty. Functional incontinence is when you are not able to make it to the toilet on time because of another medical problem, such as, arthritis and mixed incontinence is if you have these problems combined
There are lots of contributing factors to the cause, which include, water infections, age, certain food and drinks that stimulate the bladder and certain medications.
SYMPTOMS OF INCONTINENCE
Symptoms of incontinence are leaking urine frequently unexpectedly either small amounts or large amounts.