Oct 22

Just what is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence (or bladder) takes place when you can not have control over urine out of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. This problem can range from occasional leakage of urine to a complete inability to hold urine.

The three major types of urinary incontinence are:

Stress incontinence occurs during certain activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise tolerance.
Urgent incontinence – involves a strong and sudden need to urinate followed by instant bladder contraction and involuntary loss of urine.A person may not have enough to get to the bathroom in time to urinate.
Overflow incontinence – happens when the bladder does not empty completely, which leads to the drip.
Mixed Incontinence – involving more than one type of urinary incontinence.
Fecal incontinence, a separate topic, is the inability to control the passage of feces.

The causes are:

Anatomical problems
Brain or nerve problems
Muscle or nerve disorders (neuromuscular disorders)
Dementia or other psychological problems that affect the ability to recognize or respond to the need to Urinate