The Two Main Types of Incontinence

Millions of people of all ages are dealing with incontinence on a daily basis, and as you get older the chance of encountering a problem with incontinence is even more likely. So a good place to start understanding incontinence is at the beginning with a simple definition of the two main types of incontinence. The first is simply the involuntary leakage of waste from the bladder, for urinary incontinence, and the second is accidental leakage from the bowels, for fecal incontinence.

The first type of incontinence is urinary incontinence, which is an unplanned release of urine from the bladder. The severity of the problem can range from hardly noticeable and occasional leakage of urine to a complete loss of bladder function.

The second type of incontinence is fecal Incontinence, which is the unplanned release of stool from the rectum. Normally, when a person defecates, they are very aware that they are having a bowel movement and passing the stool. However, with fecal incontinence, there is no control over the bowel movement, and frequently they cannot even tell that they are passing stool. The severity of fecal incontinence can range from the unplanned passing of gas with slight stool leakage to a complete lack of bowel function.

Dealing with incontinence can be difficult, because there are all of the peripheral emotions that accompany incontinence like shame, isolation, embarrassment and loneliness. So, it is important to realize that managing incontinence is an emotional as well as physical problem. Seek help from your physician to understand the physical cause of your incontinence problem and to get help managing the emotional side of the problem.

For elderly adults, because incontinence is related to increased injuries from tripping and falling, it is one of the main reasons that they are admitted to assisted living facilities. For anyone suffering from incontinence it is important to look around and find the right products to help you manage your individual situation. While nobody looks forward to suffering from any types of incontinence, it certainly does not need to define you life.

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