Types of Incontinence

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

Type

Symptoms
Causes
Solutions
Stress
Leakage of small amounts of urine due to sudden pressure on the bladder.
Coughing, laughing, exercising, bending or lifting a heavy object

1. Regular Underwear + Pad

2. Waterproof Pant + Liner
Urge
  A sudden urge to urinate that is so strong it cannot be held long enough to reach the bathroom.
Bladder spasms, strokes, diabetes, urinary tract infections, dementia.

1. Regular Underwear + Liner

2.Mesh Pant + Liner
Overflow
Involuntary urination occurs when the bladder fills beyond capacity.  Pressure on the muscles surrounding the bladder is unable to hold the urine.  A feeling of never being able to empty the bladder may be experienced.
 Enlargement of the prostate gland, disorders of the lower urinary tract, infection.

1.Belted Undergarment (Liner with belts)

2.Disposable Absorbent Underwear (pull ups)

3.Disposable Brief (diaper)
Reflex
Involuntary urination without any sensation of a full bladder.  It is possible to be completely unaware of the need to urinate when this happens.
Herniated disk, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or a spinal cord injury.

1.Disposable Brief + Booster Pad

2.Protective Underwear + Booster Pad

3.Underpad / Bed Pad
Functional
Involuntary urination which occurs when an individual cannot get to the bathroom fast enough.
Restricted mobility (arthritis, crippling disorders), environmental barriers, medications, help is not available, mental or psychosocial disorders.  

1.Overnight Brief + Booster Pad

2.Underpad / Bed Pan

What Product or Products Should be Selected?

 

This can be a complex issue especially for individuals that are experiencing this problem for the first time or for those individuals trying to manage a frequent and / or moderate to heavy incontinent issues.  Does one product solve the problem are is a combination better?  Review our Product Selection  page for additional information.

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