There are many different types of incontinence, that have varying symptoms and causes.
The most common cause of incontinence is weakened pelvic floor muscles, but incontinence can also be caused by underlying neurological disorders, prostate problems, and more practical causes such as poor access to the toilet - for example when living with impaired vision 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 when showing symptoms of incontinence is very important.
The articles below explain more about some of the different types of incontinence.
Stress incontinence generally occurs with physical exertion such as running, jumping and coughing.
Incontinence in women
Due to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, women are predisposed to urinary incontinence.
An estimated 40% of women experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy.
Urge incontinence is a type of incontinence in which a sudden urge to urinate arises which cannot be suppressed.
Functional incontinence is when limitations means that you are unable to reach the toilet in time.
Overactive bladder describes the feeling of needing to urinate frequently.
Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements causing leakage of feces or gas.
Children and incontinence
Daytime wetting is a common problem with approx. 3-4% of children between 3 and 12 affected.
People living with overflow incontinence can't empty their bladder entirely, resulting in overflow of urine.
Incontinence and men
Usually incontinence in men is due to prostate problems, but fortunately there are many treatment options.