What is Incontinence?

Incontinence is the inability to control either urine or fecal elimination. Essentially this means that to some degree you may loose urine or bowel movements at times that you do not choose to do so.

Some causes of incontinence:

  • Constipation
  • Effects of Medicine
  • Immobility
  • Infections
  • Lack of Muscle Control (Related to age, Nervous System Disorders, etc.)
  • Pregnancy
  • Side Effects from Surgery

There are four basic types of Urinary incontinence:

  1. Stress Incontinence: an intermittent involuntary loss of small amounts of urine when you cough, laugh, lift or exercise. It can be caused by multiple vaginal births, enlarged prostate, pelvic trauma or loss of pelvic muscle tone. PATTERN: Intermittent, slight leakage of urine
  2. Urge Incontinence: inability to control urinating once you feel the need to void. Simply, you may feel the need to urinate but cannot wait to get to the bathroom. It can be caused by Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, enlarged prostate, spinal cord injuries or urinary tract infections.
  3. Reflex Incontinence: This is frequent loss of urine with no warning. This is often due to spinal cord injuries, brain tumors or strokes.
  4. Overflow Incontinence: Leakage of urine when the bladder is full. For example the person experiences dribbling, frequency, urgency and bladder distention. It is most commonly results from diseases that cause a blockage of the natural passageway of urine. PATTERN: A continual leakage of urine.


Bowel incontinence: The inability to contain or "hold" a bowel movement. It can be caused by being constipated often and for long periods, or on the opposite end of the spectrum by severe or long-term diarrhea.

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