What are the differences between the various types of incontinence?
There are several types of incontinence, but we can summarise them in five broad categories:
Urge incontinence is an involuntary urine leak, often preceded or in conjunction with the urge to urinate. In practice, one feels the need to go to the bathroom but cannot restrain the urine before getting there.
Stress incontinence, on the other hand, happens during an effort: coughing, lifting weights, walking, but also laughing, can cause an involuntary loss.
Mixed incontinence, which as the name implies is a combination of the two previous types.
Functional incontinence, which occurs in individuals with cognitive or motor deficits.
Finally, nocturnal enuresis, or the involuntary loss of urine during sleep, particularly typical in children.
The causes can be many and not necessarily related to age: pregnancies, menopause, obesity, prostate surgery or hysterectomies can contribute to its onset.
If you think you are suffering from incontinence, we recommend that you contact your family doctor or specialist immediately for specific advice.
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