Stress Incontinence Vs. Urge Incontinence: The Differences

Learn the difference:  stress versus urge
urinary incontinence
It may be surprising to learn that not all urinary incontinence is the same. There are different types of urinary incontinence that are caused by different factors. However, the number one thing that anyone with incontinence symptoms needs to understand is that it can be managed. One of the most important management strategies is having the right incontinence products to use. There is a wide variety of different incontinence supplies that can meet the needs of anyone who is trying to find ways to manage their incontinence symptoms.

Most people will need to find the incontinence undergarment that meets their needs. This could mean using incontinence pads, incontinence underwear, or adult diapers for moderate to heavy incontinence. In addition, it is important to keep in mind that there are incontinence products for men and incontinence products for women that will meet the unique needs of each gender. Finally, it should be stressed that buying any type of incontinence supplies can be done on online sites that offer adult incontinence products from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Anyone who is experiencing incontinence needs to realize that they are not alone. There are millions of people who are living with this problem. However, it should be stressed that incontinence symptoms should never be ignored or overlooked. No one regardless of their age, gender, or health status has to simply put up with incontinence symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms you should immediately seek out a medical evaluation in order to determine what is causing your incontinence, what type of incontinence it is and get the recommendations for necessary treatment.

There are two kinds of incontinence that are the most common. The most common kind of incontinence is known as stress incontinence. This type of incontinence occurs when there has been a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. This means that when the person coughs, sneezes, laughs or participates in any type of physical exertion there can be leakage that occurs. The amount of leakage that occurs can be anything from a few drops of urine to complete loss of urinary control. While both genders can have this type of incontinence it is most commonly found in women who have had trauma from pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, some of the hormonal changes that occur at menopause can bring on stress incontinence, as well.

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Urge incontinence is the second most common type of incontinence. When someone is experiencing urge incontinence they feel a very sudden onset of the urge to urinate. This can happen anywhere and often results in the person having an accident before they get to the bathroom. This type of incontinence is often caused by a disruption in the nerve signals that control the urinary system and can have a variety of causes.

Only by having a medical evaluation can your doctor determine the type of incontinence that you have and prescribe the appropriate treatment. There is a wide range of treatments that include but are not limited to: 
  • Lifestyle changes such as: changes in what you eat and drink, smoking cessation, weight management, and reduction in stress.
  • Behavioral therapies such as: physical therapy (primarily the use of Kegel exercise), biofeedback, and bladder training.
  • Medications
  • Surgery-It is important to keep in mind that this is generally only done when all other types of therapies have failed or if there is an injury or physical defect that can be repaired. In addition, surgery is most often done only in the cases of severe incontinence.
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