Incontinence could be urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence. However urinary incontinence is more common than the inability to control bowel movement. Let’s look at the different types of urinary incontinence in this article.

4 types of urinary incontinence

Stress Incontinence

This has nothing to do with lifestyle stress – the stress here refers to any activity that causes pressure such as sneezing, coughing, or physical exertion such as jumping or running leading to urinary leakage. The amount of leak doesn’t matter here, it could be a small amount of urine or wetting yourself more noticeably.

Urinary leakage is not normal and shouldn’t happen at all to anyone – no matter the amount of leakage. This commonly occurs during and after pregnancy or as one ages. This is due to weakened pelvic floor muscles that are not able to support the bladder.

Urge Incontinence

Also referred to as Overactive Bladder, people with this condition have a strong and uncontrollable urge to urinate, and are often unable to reach the toilet in time. This is also sometimes called unstable bladder or detrusor instability. In cases like these, it is common to urinate frequently, affecting lifestyles and sleep quality.

With proper bladder control, the detrusor or the bladder muscle is able to remain relaxed as the bladder gradually fills up, allowing you to hold your urine. Find out if you have a normal bladder pattern or if you’re urinating too often.

Overflow Incontinence

This refers to difficulty in emptying the bladder and feeling like there isn’t complete emptying of the bladder even after urinating. This could sometimes lead to an overflow, which leaks out unexpectedly. Overflow incontinence most often affects men due to an enlarged prostate which impedes the flow or urine from the bladder.

Neurogenic Incontinence

Because nerves in the body control how the bladder stores or empties urine, issues in the nerve, brain or spinal cord could also cause urinary incontinence. Common causes are Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury or major surgery in the pelvis.

Urinary Incontinence is also known as Urinary Control Disorder (UCD) and often caused by a weak pelvic floor.

Treatment starts with strengthening the pelvic floor. Find out more about treatment for UCD that is non-surgical and natural, employing today’s latest medical technology and evidence based physical therapy.

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