What is the cause of incontinence?
Incontinence refers to the loss of control over urination or bowel movements, leading to accidental leakage. There are several types of incontinence, each with their own potential causes.
Urge incontinence: caused by an overactive bladder muscle that contracts uncontrollably. Common causes include urinary tract infections, bladder stones, bladder tumors, and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease.
Stress incontinence: caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles or damage to the sphincter muscle. Common causes include pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes.
Overflow incontinence: caused by an obstruction in the urinary tract or a malfunctioning bladder muscle. Common causes include prostate enlargement, bladder cancer, and certain neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury.
Functional incontinence: caused by a physical or cognitive impairment that makes it difficult for the person to reach the toilet in time. Common causes include arthritis, dementia, stroke, and certain medications.
Mixed incontinence: caused by a combination of the above factors.
What products can be used?
There are several products available that can help manage incontinence, including:
- Absorbent pads and liners: These are disposable products that can be worn inside underwear to absorb leaks. They are available in a range of absorbencies and sizes to meet different needs.
- Adult diapers: Also known as briefs, these are disposable underwear that provide more extensive protection than pads and liners. They are available in different absorbencies and sizes to fit different body types.
- Catheters: A catheter is a tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine. It's commonly used in people who have difficulty emptying their bladder or who have severe incontinence.
- External collection devices: These are devices that attach to the outside of the body to collect urine. They include condom catheters for men and urinary pouches for women.
- Odor eliminators: Incontinence can cause unpleasant odors. Odor eliminators such as sprays and deodorizers can help to mask the smell.
- Skin protectants: Prolonged exposure to urine or feces can cause skin irritation and damage. Skin protectants such as creams and ointments can help to prevent skin breakdown.
It's important to note that these are just some examples and it's always best to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
For Me my incontinence is caused by two devastating strokes. And years of battling progressive MS. I have been left disabled and quadriplegic. I can not control anything below my neck. I have trouble speaking chewing and swallowing. So I need a feeding tube to get nutrients and medications. Which contributes to diarrhea. I have complet loss of bladder and bowel control. So I need to use the adult diaper briefs.