If you are asking the question "what is incontinence?" then you must have some sort of concern about a leaky bladder.
So to put this simply and truthfully, if it is just a few drops or a royal flush you are suffering from incontinence.
So here is some useful information on this, sometimes, embarrassing ailment.
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What are the Main Types of Incontinence
Functional Incontinence, is when you just cannot quite make it to the loo in time. It can be caused by stress, change in environment and mobility restrictions.
Urge Incontinence, is the result of an overactive bladder. Frequent urination is common , as is nocturnal urination, especially in men. Possible causes could be the overuse of stimulants such as alcohol and coffee, a bladder infection, but may also be due to prostate problems.
Stress Incontinence, is the most common bladder control problem. This is caused by weak sphincter muscles and increased pressure in the lower abdomen, for instance because of pregnancy, laughing or coughing, or lifting a heavy object.
What is Incontinence a sign of?
Pregnancy, in most cases, can cause incontinence but this will disappear after pregnancy.
Obesity places pressure on the bladder and surrounding muscles, which weakens them.
Age - this ocurrs after strokes, people with Alzheimers, Dementia and patients with severe diabetes.
Any muscle weakness, or degeneration of muscle strength.