There are two types of incontinence: bladder incontinence and bowel incontinence. Bladder incontinence results in urine leakage whereas bowel incontinence results in gas or fecal matter loss.
The main myth about incontinence is that it only affects older men and women. Children are also vastly touched by incontinence as well as people of all ages even if older adults are statistically more at risk.
Incontinence is not a disease, it is a symptom. That is why it is important to see a doctor to identify the cause of the incontinence.
Here are the main sources of incontinence:
There are also a lot of different types of incontinence:
Fecal / Bowel Incontinence or Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL)
Mixed Incontinence (combination of SUI and Urge)
Nighttime Bedwetting in Children (Nocturnal Enuresis)
Overflow Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Underactive Bladder (UAB)
Urge Incontinence or Overactive Bladder (OAB)
Moreover, there are a lot of treatment options even if in some cases incontinence can’t be cured and must be managed by tools like absorbent products or urine collection devices. It is important to speak with a doctor or a nurse to know what solution best suits your needs.