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Guides to Different Types of Incontinence

Our toilet habits are one of those daily events that we don’t like to discuss with other people. Something of which a large portion of society do not feel comfortable discussing. However, at some point in our life, it is likely that each of us will face problems with our toilet habits and may need to openly seek help and advice.

Incontinence is a medical condition which governs the involuntary leakage of urine and faecal matter. There are different types of incontinence and they can be as simple as struggling to hold urine or faecal matter in before you get to the bathroom. At its most extreme, incontinence can lead to a total loss of bladder and bowel control.

Understanding urinary and faecal incontinence can lead to helping you find the right treatment to manage your condition. The team at HARTMANN Direct have put together a series of guides to help the public learn more about the various types of incontinence.

All our guides have been approved by medical professionals, who are specialists in matters relating to incontinence.

Stress Inability to prevent leakage due to strain on the bladder during activities such as high-intensity exercise, coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting, climbing and bending.
Commonly affects women.
  • Pelvic floor exercises.
  • Surgery for chronic or acute conditions.
Pregnancy Incontinence Inability to prevent leakage due to the pressure on the bladder. This can be caused by the weight of the baby or by the slackening of muscles in preparation for birth.
  • Pelvic floor exercise with supervision.
  • Medications.
Functional Problems associated with the physical inability to make it to a washroom at the onset of needing to relieve oneself.
Often due to mobility associated with age.
  • Individualised solutions.
Overflow The inability to completely empty the bladder when urinating, thus resulting in involuntary leakage.
More common in men.
  • Medications.
  • Treatments involving the insertion of a catheter in acute and chronic cases.
Urge Leaking that occurs after the onset of feeling a small urge to relieve oneself and cannot be controlled.
Common in both men and women.
  • Pelvic floor exercise with supervision.
  • Medication.
Urinary Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine.
  • Pelvic floor Exercises.
  • Change in diet, especially type of fluid intake.
  • Medication.
Bowel Bowel incontinence is the involuntary leakage of faecal matter.
  • Pelvic floor exercises.
  • Change in diet.
  • Medication.
Mixed A mixture of both urinary and bowel incontinence.
  • A combined approach, using exercises and medication.
  • In acute or chronic cases, there is the option of surgery.