What is Incontinence?

Author: www.abena.com   Date Posted:29 December 2017 

Incontinence is not a disease, but a symptom. It is defined as a condition, where a person experiences involuntary urination or bowel movements to an extent that affects the person's social life in a negative way.

Urinary incontinence means losing control of the bladder. In some cases it results in a total loss of the bladder’s contents and in other cases, it merely causes a small leakage.

There are many causes of urinary incontinence. Overall they cover physical damage, aging, cancer, infections and so on. Some conditions are temporary, while others are more permanent.

TEMPORARY CAUSES FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE COVER:

  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking and excessive intake of fluids
  • Prescribed medication (mostly blood pressure medication, muscle relaxants, sedatives and some heart disease medication)
  • Conditions such as constipation (can increase the need to urinate, because the compacted stool makes the nerves in charge of the bladder overactive.

 

PERMANENT CAUSES FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE:

  • Aging
  • Damage to the pelvic floor muscles
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Prostate/bladder cancer.

The above are only examples! Always seek diagnosis and treatment advice from your General Practitioner, if you experience incontinence.

 

INCONTINENCE IS DIVIDED INTO 4 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:

  • Stress Incontinence
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Overflow Incontinence
  • Fecal Incontinence.

 


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