Types of Incontinence

Type: Stress

Symptoms: Leakage of small amounts of urine due to sudden pressure on the bladder.
Causes: Coughing, laughing, exercising, bending or lifting a heavy object.
1. Regular Underwear + Pad
2. Waterproof Pant + Liner

Type: Urge

Symptoms: A sudden urge to urinate that is so strong it cannot be held long enough to reach the bathroom.
Causes: Bladder spasms, strokes, diabetes, urinary tract infections, dementia.
1. Regular Underwear + Liner
2.Mesh Pant + Liner


Type: Overflow

Symptoms: 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.
Causes: 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)


Type: Reflex

Symptoms: Involuntary urination without any sensation of a full bladder.  It is possible to be completely unaware of the need to urinate when this happens.
Causes: 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


Type: Functional

Symptoms: Involuntary urination which occurs when an individual cannot get to the bathroom fast enough.
Causes: 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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