Bladder control problems are estimated to affect more than 25 million Americans every year. Here is a list describing the various types of urinary incontinence that are addressed on this site.
Of all the bladder control problems, stress incontinence is by far the most common. It accounts for 60% of all urinary incontinence cases. Stress incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken, allowing the bladder to push against the urethra. Damaged urinary sphincters can also cause stress incontinence.
Urine emission occurs when the abdominal muscles push down on the lowered bladder. A slight loss of urine is likely to accompany everyday activities and events, such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising,
or lifting things such as little grandchildren.
Nocturnal enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting, a bladder control problem that affects thousands of children yearly. Although most children who suffer from nocturnal enuresis grow out of the problem as their bodies mature, bedwetting can remain a problem for some children well into their teenage years.
This condition is characterized by a strong desire to urinate, followed by involuntary contractions of the bladder. Because the bladder actually contracts, urine is released quickly, making it impossible for urge incontinence sufferers to predict when the problem will occur. Urge incontinence can be caused by infections, sphincter disorders or nervous system disorders that affect the bladder. Blockages caused by bladder
stones can also responsible for urge incontinence.
Bladder control problems are estimated to affect more than 25 million American men women and children every yearThe bladder fills, but doesn’t signal this to those with overflow incontinence. Once full, the bladder overflows and leaks small amounts of urine on an almost continuous basis. Men with enlarged prostates are often at risk for overflow incontinence. This condition is rarely seen in women.
Environmental incontinence does not indicate a physical problem with the bladder or the urinary tract. However, external restrictions such as physical disabilities or mobility issues may prevent the patient from reaching the toilet on time.
Mixed incontinence simply means that the patient suffers from a combination of bladder control disorders. The most common combination of disorders is stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Transient incontinence refers to temporary episodes of incontinence. Causes of transient incontinence might include medication side effects, infections of the bladder or urinary tract, or even severe constipation.