The Many Types of Incontinence

Urinary incontinence, also known as involuntary urination, is any uncontrolled leakage of urine. It is a common and distressing problem, which may have a large impact on quality of life. Pelvic surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are all contributing factors to urinary incontinence.  There are multiple types of incontinence and knowing which you may be experiencing will help you further diagnose, manage and possibly treat such.  Here are the most common and well-known cases of incontinence:

 

Stress incontinence, also known as effort incontinence, is due essentially to insufficient strength of the pelvic floor muscles.  This, in turn, prevents the passage of urine, especially during activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, or lifting heavy weights.

Urge incontinence is involuntary loss of urine occurring for no apparent reason while suddenly feeling the need or urge to urinate. It isn’t certain as to why this happens or what can be done to prevent it as it is often untimely. However, Apele everyday undies are often used to combat this issue as they help absorb any last-minute, time-sensitive leaks.

Overflow incontinence: Some people struggle with the ability to stop their bladders from excreting even after they have urinated. This is another time that the use of everyday undies helps wick away the moisture and keep consumers dry as they continue with their day confidently.

Structural incontinence: Rarely, structural problems can cause incontinence, usually diagnosed in childhood (for example, an ectopic ureter). Fistulas caused by obstetric and gynecologic trauma or injury are commonly known as obstetric fistulas and can lead to incontinence. In addition, any issues that may have happened during birth or surgeries could contribute to this diagnosis.

Functional incontinence occurs when a person recognizes the need to urinate but cannot make it to the bathroom.  Functional incontinence can happen for multiple reasons. Namely, the elderly or those with certain developmental issues may not make it to relieve in time.  The same can be said for those that are under the influence of alcohol.

Transient incontinence is a temporary incontinence most often seen in pregnant women when it subsequently resolves after the birth of the child. It can happen often mid-sneeze or straining and namely because of the increased and temporary pressure on the pelvic area during pregnancy.

Giggle incontinence is an involuntary response to laughter. It usually affects children and is a condition that they typically outgrow.

Double incontinence. There is also a related condition for defecation known as fecal incontinence. Sometimes, because the same muscles and pelvic area are weakened or compromised, incontinence can be both urine or fecal matter. Ultimately, the bowels are released uncontrollably.

Medications, surgery or bladder training and pelvic strengthening exercises are all recommended as possible options.  Incontinence is expensive both to individuals in the form of bladder control products and to the health care system and nursing home industry.

 In the meantime, consider Apele everyday undies which are designed to give you the comfort and confidence you desire while keeping you clean and dry between untimely leaks. Our seamless designs work with any attire and our absorbent power mesh pulls bacteria away from your most sensitive areas.


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