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Types of Incontinence

Incontinence is characterised by involuntary urine loss.This is manifested in very different ways.
They may be very slight and occasional leakages, or more severe and regular.

Seek your doctorís advice to determine your type of incontinence, based on how and when urine loss occurs.

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STRESS INCONTINENCE

Minor urine loss happens when laughing, coughing, sneezing, during exercise, bending down or lifting something heavy. It occurs when the muscles are weakened and there is pressure on the bladder.
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URGE INCONTINENCE

Occurs suddenly, accompanied by a sudden and intense urge to go to the toilet. The bladder presents sudden contractions, causing the urge to urinate.
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OVERFLOW INCONTINENCE


Urine loss occurs before the sufferer is able to reach the toilet.
It occurs when the bladder is holding large volumes of urine and the pressure of the liquid is so great that the loss cannot be controlled.




MIXED INCONTINENCE


This is a combination of stress incontinence and urge incontinence.









FUNCTIONAL INCONTINENCE

 
Incontinence caused by disability of the patient, in cases of dementia or serious neurological impairment, such as Alzheimerís or Parkinsonís Disease.



NOCTURNAL INCONTINENCE


Urine loss during the night - more frequent with children but can also occur in adulthood.