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
You laugh and then leak. Or you sneeze and then dribble. Maybe you just lose it all.
The problem is urinary incontinence, a term used to describe a broad range of bladder control issues experience by more than 7 million people. For some, medication or surgery helps. But for millions, over-the-counter "hygiene products" are an important coping tool.
What follows is a guide to the most popular incontinence products and some tips for finding the ones that are right for you.
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 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
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
July 8, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 08, 2010
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