Types of Incontinence

There are various different forms of incontinence, including:

  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Overflow incontinence
  • Functional incontinence
  • Reflex incontinence
  • Incontinence as a side effect of surgery

Most cases of incontinence will involve someone having problems with the frequency or urgency of urination – they will either have to pass urine frequently within a 24 hour period, or will often experience the sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate. Approximately 90% of all cases of incontinence are either stress or urge incontinence, although some people will have symptoms consistent with both types of incontinence – this is known as mixed type incontinence. As each form of incontinence has a different cause, so the treatments will vary. The bladder is a complicated system, and is dependent upon many different muscles and nerves operating correctly. The failure of any one of these can result in loss of bladder control and incontinence.