Urge Incontinence — is caused by an unstable bladder or bowel. A person suffering from urge incontinence feels an immediacy to urinate or defecate. It is caused by a sudden, involuntary contraction and is more common in older adults.
Stress Incontinence — occurs when an increase in abdominal pressure (such as heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing or laughing) causes an involuntary loss of urine or feces. This kind of incontinence happens mostly to women under 60 and in men who have had prostate surgery.
Mixed Incontinence — is a combination of urge and stress incontinence that accounts for a majority of all incontinence problems in older women.
Overflow Incontinence — occurs when the bladder or bowel becomes too full because it cannot empty completely. This condition is usually the result of an obstruction or injury. In men, it can be the result of an enlarged prostate.
Fecal Incontinence — is an inability to maintain control of one’s bowel movements. This can occur through disease, trauma to muscles or nerves, or as a consequence of earlier surgeries.
Many people seek help when they need to wear protection on a regular basis. However, it is advisable to visit your doctor sooner rather than later to determine the underlying cause of your incontinence. In rare cases, a serious disease such as bladder cancer can cause incontinence.