Incontinence is a widespread condition that ranges in severity from ‘just a small or occasional leak’ to a complete loss of bladder or bowel control. It can occur at any age but is more likely to develop as you get older. Some people wrongly think that incontinence is a normal part of aging or that it cannot be treated. This is unfortunate, as many cases can be successfully treated or significantly improved.
Urinary incontinence is often a result of a weak or stretched pelvic floor muscle, which usually assists in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, helps to control bladder, bowel, provides support for the baby during pregnancy and assists in the birthing process, works with the abdominal and back muscles to stabilise and support the spine. In men, it is important for erectile function and ejaculation.
There are different types of incontinence with a number of possible causes. The following are the most common:
STRESS INCONTINENCE - occurs during activities that increase abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting heavy objects or during physical activity.
It is the most common form of urinary incontinence and affects about 85-90% women suffering from incontinence.
URGE INCONTINENCE - occurs when the need to urinate comes on so quickly that you might fail to make it to the bathroom in time. Also known as an Overactive Bladder.It can affect anyone at any age, but it appears to bemore prevalent in the elderly
MIXED - a combination of both Stress and Urge Incontinence