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Timed Voiding and Prompted Voiding for Functional Incontinence

Functional incontinence occurs when a person is unable to reach the bathroom in time to urinate because of physical or mental limitations, such as problems with walking, conditions such as arthritis, or problems with reasoning (such as dementia). Men who have functional incontinence can try timed voiding and prompted voiding to control incontinence.

Timed voiding

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Timed voiding is also called habit training. It sets a schedule for urinating (voiding) that is determined by your personal habits and does not attempt to increase how long you can wait before having to urinate or to teach you to resist the urge to urinate.

Prompted voiding

Prompted voiding requires a caregiver to prompt the incontinent person to urinate. The goal is to decrease the chance of accidents by making the person aware of the need to urinate periodically. Prompted voiding usually is used in combination with timed voiding for people who are unaware of their bodily functions, such as people who have dementia.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Last Revised July 8, 2010

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Last Updated: July 08, 2010
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