Incontinence Causes: Types and Reasons why Incontinence Happens

Incontinence is the involuntary excretion of bowel contents of urine.  Although it might be common it is still embarrassing and hard do deal with.  The symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the condition.  When it is not so severe occasional small loss of urine may happen. More severe symptoms involve complete loss of bowel and bladder.  Many people experience symptoms in between these two.

Although many think that growing old is the main factor, incontinence can happen for different reasons. First let’s take a look at the types of incontinence:

Stress Incontinence:
This type of incontinence results when the bladder is pressured on due to sneezing, heavy lifting, coughing and even laughing. The individual will experience small urine leaks.  For this type of incontinence, products like the Prevail Bladder Control Pads have proven to be very effective.

Urge Incontinence:
The person who suffers from urge incontinence will frequently be making trips to the toilet and in some cases might not be able to even hold it long enough to get there. This type of incontinence will also awaken the person several times at night to pee.

Mixed Incontinence:
This type of incontinence is a combination between stress and urge incontinence.  It is common among older people and even more common in women.

Functional Incontinence:
It happens to people how are able to hold their need to urinate however rely on a caregiver to take them to the toilet as they cannot go by themselves.

Overflow Incontinence:
In overflow incontinence the bladder never empties urine completely.  This causes a constant escape of small amount of urine throughout the day.

Transient Incontinence:  
It is a temporary condition that can be cured once the necessary treatment is provided to the patient. Some illnesses may trigger transient incontinence.  Articles like the TENA Protective Underwear are commonly used in this type of incontinence.

Fecal Incontinence:
A person with fecal incontinence will not be able to control the bowel movements of the digestive system. It can lead to occasional leaks to complete loss of stool.  Diarrhea and even constipation can trigger fecal incontinence.

Incontinence can be generated by:

  • Infection of the Urinary Tract
  • Anatomical deficiency of urinary tract
  • Infection at prostate level
  • Medication Side Effects
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of Rest
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic injuries to the brain and spinal chord