Incontinence can have various causes. Understanding the underlying cause and type of incontinence is vital to understanding the different treatments and products that are available.
The most common cause of incontinence is weakening or damaging of the pelvic floor muscles. Incontinence can also be caused by underlying neurological disorders, prostate problems and more practical problems such as poor accessibility of the toilet - for example in the case of blindness or a physical disability.
One thing the different types of incontinence have in common is that in most cases something can be done about it. Consulting a doctor or health care professional in time is very important.
Stress incontinence or exercise incontinence
Incontinence in physical exercise due to weakened pelvic floor muscles is also called stress incontinence or exercise incontinence. It is the most common form of incontinence.
In many cases, pregnancy is the cause of incontinence in women. As a result of hormonal changes and the pregnant belly, the pelvic floor muscles can no longer receive pressure on the bladder and there is a risk of incontinence.
Urge incontinence is a type of incontinence in which a sudden urge to urinate arises which cannot be suppressed. Urge incontinence is sometimes caused by nervous disorders, while stress, medication and excessive alcohol consumption can also play a role.
Overflow or drip incontinence
In the case of overflow incontinence, a person has trouble emptying their bladder entirely. Overflow incontinence often occurs as a result of damage to the nerves and muscles around the bladder. Sometimes known as ‘drip incontinence’.
Functional incontinence is a form of incontinence in which the bladder works well, but because of a psychological or physical condition someone has difficulty reaching the toilet in time. Functional incontinence may occur in people in with eye problems or patients who are bedridden.
Overactive bladder or sensitive bladder covers a range of urinary symptoms covering the feeling of needing to urinate frequently.
Incontinence is generally associated with loss of bladder control, but incontinence can also mean leakage of fecal matter. While bowel incontinence is more common in the elderly, adults and children can also be affected.
Abena offers a wide range of incontinence pads to help with continence management and improve the quality of life for those who live with these symptoms.
Our incontinence supplies cover everything from incontinence pads in numerous sizes and shapes to bed protection products such as absorbent under pads and protective sheets. We even have specialized products like fecal incontinence pads, gender specific products such as male incontinence pads shaped for the male anatomy and junior products.
Each type of incontinence can lead to different degrees of leakage, which is why it is important to find the right incontinence product for your individual need.