ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF URINARY INCONTINENCE?
YES! Understanding the different types will greatly assist in selecting management options that will in fact make a difference.
There are 5 types of incontinence
1. Stress Incontinence.
This is when urine leaks when there is increased pressure (stress) on the bladder. Stress incontinence can be due to weakened pelvic floor (as a result of ageing childbirth, prostate surgery) and weakness in the urinary sphincter (what keeps the urinary tubes closed).
2. Urge Incontinence.
Urge incontinence is characterized by a sudden intense and urgent urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. Urge incontinence may be caused by minor temporary condition, e.g. a bladder infection, or it may be a more severe more chronic condition like diabetes or a neurological disorder.
3. Overflow incontinence
This is when there is a constant dibbling of urine as a result of the bladder not emptying completely.
4. Functional Incontinence.
This is when the bladder and urethra function normally, there is physical or mental reason for not making it to the bathroom in time, which results in the leaking of urine. Examples of these reasons include impaired mobility or mental confusion.
5. Mixed incontinence.
This is when one or more types of incontinence occur together.
Stress incontinence is one of more common types of incontinence. In our next edition we will be looking at the management options available…. So don’t miss it!
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