Total incontinence is the continuous and total loss of urinary control. One cause of total incontinence is neurogenic bladder, a neurological problem that prevents the bladder from emptying properly. Spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders that affect nerve function can also lead to total incontinence. Total incontinence in women can also be caused by a vesicovaginal fistula, an abnormal connection between the urinary tract and the vagina.TreatmentTotal incontinence is usually treated by using a thin tube (catheter) to empty the bladder regularly. This is called intermittent self-catheterization.Absorbent products such as pads or disposable underwear are usually used when other methods of treating incontinence have failed or cannot be used. These methods don't treat the incontinence but may make it possible to manage the problem.
Functional incontinence occurs when some obstacle or disability makes it hard for you to reach or use a toilet in time to urinate. It is often caused by:A problem with walking (such as needing a walker or crutches) that prevents you from reaching a toilet in time to urinate.A medical condition (such as arthritis) that makes it hard for you to remove clothing before urinating. A problem with reasoning (such as dementia) that keeps you from realizing that urination is necessary or from locating a bathroom.TreatmentFunctional incontinence is treated by using behavioral methods that teach you to urinate on a timed voiding schedule and by modifying your environment so you can get to and use the toilet more quickly. This may involve moving furniture, making clothes easier to remove, or making other changes.Medicines aren't used to treat functional incontinence.Continence products such as absorbent pads or disposable underwear are usually used when other methods of treating incontinence have
Your symptoms will depend upon the type of urinary incontinence you have. Symptoms of stress incontinence may include loss of urine while: Coughing. Laughing. Lifting. Straining. Changing posture. Symptoms of urge incontinence may include: A sudden, urgen
Absorbent products are items that absorb urine, such as adult diapers, plastic - coated underwear, pads, or panty liners that attach to underwear. Most commercially available items are disposable (such as Depend or Poise), although some absorbent cloths can be washed and reused. Drip collectors that fit over the penis are also available.Absorbent products may be used to manage any form of ...