What Is Adult Incontinence?

Q:
What is adult incontinence and what should you know about it?

A:
Adult incontinence is the loss of bladder control. It is a common and often embarrassing problem. When you have incontinence, you pass urine unintentionally. How and when it happens depends on what type of incontinence you have.

Common Types of Incontinence
-Stress incontinence
You leak urine when your bladder is under extra sudden pressure, for instance, when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise.

-Urge incontinence
You suddenly feel a strong need to pass urine. There’s often just a few seconds between you feeling the need and the release of urine. The need may be caused by the sound of running water, or by a sudden change of position.

Causes of Temporary Incontinence

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Caffeine
  • Chili peppers
  • Large doses of vitamin C

Causes of Persistent Incontinence

  • Aging
  • Born vaginally, rather than by C-section
  • Pregnancy

You should see your GP if you have any type of incontinence. Incontinence is a common problem. You don’t need to feel embarrassed telling your GP.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.