What Is Incontinence?

Dianna Malkowski
Physician Assistant
Are you caring for a loved one that has incontinence? Incontinence occurs in many Americans, both males and females alike. While it is common to see it occur mostly among elderly individuals, it can occur in younger individuals as well. Some pregnant women deal with incontinence and there have even been cases of children dealing with incontinence. What is incontinence and how can you help your loved one to properly manage it? This article will provide you with a guide on incontinence and how to shop for incontinence products.

What is Incontinence?
Let’s start with the basic question of what is incontinence? It is widely defined as “the inability to control the bladder or bowels, leading to unwanted and unexpected urination or defecation.” A person that has incontinence may find that without warning their bowels will release small drips or urine or fecal matter or it may completely empty itself. There are several different types of incontinence including the following:
·         Stress Incontinence
·         Urge Incontinence
·         Overflow Incontinence
·         Mixed Incontinence

Determining the type of incontinence you are suffering from will come down to tracking your symptoms and the frequency of your incontinent problems. Meeting with a doctor will help you to understand why you are experiencing incontinence as it could be related to an underlying medical condition like diabetes.

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Common Causes of Incontinence
Many people experience incontinence as a natural part of the aging process. There is a problem with your bladder or with your body in some way. Weak pelvic floor muscles often lead to incontinence but you may also experience it due to nervous system problems. Excess weight may also be to blame as too much weight on the body will push on the organs, especially on the bladder and this will force urine to escape from the body without any control over it on your part. Again, it is important to meet with your doctor in order to find out what may be causing you to deal with incontinence.

Treatments for Incontinence
If you or a loved one is dealing with incontinence what can you do about it? There are a handful of incontinence products on the market that can help you with your day to day problems related to incontinence. You may find relief by using incontinence products like adult diapers or incontinence underwear that you can use in place of your regular underwear. While they are not a cure for incontinence, they can certainly help to make your condition a little more manageable. These products are used to capture any urine or fecal matter that involuntarily escapes from the body. The goal of these products is to capture the urine and to remove it from the skin. Moving it away from the skin will help to prevent rashes along with urinary tract infections. Using the right incontinence products will be able to save you or a loved one from the embarrassment that is attached to incontinence. Try using the following link to help you find the right incontinence products: http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/incontinence-product-finder/. Opt for incontinence products for men or incontinence products for women instead of a one size fits all product. The gender specific products allow for better protection and will make it much easier on you to manage incontinence.

In addition to using the incontinence products you may also try natural treatments like changing your diet to reduce caffeine and other foods that stimulate the bladder. It is also important to consider increasing your exercise to keep your weight in check and to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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