Directory of Incontinence Resources

The term incontinence refers to involuntary or accidental loss of either urine (urinary incontinence) from the bladder, or bowel motion (bowel incontinence).

Seven Types of Urinary Incontinence

Here’s some help to determine if your parent has an incontinence problem:

  • Transient incontinence is typically the result of a temporary change such as urinary tract infection, medications, or severe constipation.
  • Stress incontinence is most common in women whose bladder muscles are weakened.
  • Overflow incontinence is the type of incontinence more common in elderly men who may have enlarged prostate glands.
  • Urge incontinence causes people to feel an “urgent” need to urinate due to muscle spasms in the bladder.
  • Total incontinence means urine leaks constantly; it is usually caused by injury.
  • Mixed incontinence, in which there are several factors or causes involved, is alsopossible. For example, many older women suffer from both urge and stress incontinence.
  • Psychogenic incontinence is the loss of urinary control caused by the person’s emotional state.

Fecal incontinence

he loss of control of bowel movements. It can range from an occasional leakage of a small amount of stool to complete loss of bowel control. Constipation and diarrhea can cause fecal incontinence.

While incontinence may cause embarrassment, it is actually quite common. Fortunately, there are a number of advocacy groups, organizations, & government agencies dedicated to managing and treating incontinence. These groups contribute vast amounts of knowledge, resources, information, and support, as seen below:

Urinary Incontinence

Fecal Incontinence

Ostomy Links

Medical Links

Other Links

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