Functional incontinence

Functional incontinence is a form of involuntary urine loss in which the bladder works normally, but physical, psychological or environmental limitations means a person is unable to reach the toilet in time.

Contrary to other types of incontinence, such as stress incontinence (weakened pelvic floor muscles) and urge incontinence (often caused by a nerve disorder) functional incontinence is not caused by problems in the bladder function.

Especially elderly people and people with physical disabilities suffer from functional incontinence, which is usually the result of underlying disorders or environmental factors, such as accessibility of the toilet.