Incontinence is the inability to control urine which can lead to difficulty in maintaining good hygiene and carry on with everyday activities. Incontinence can be either sudden and temporary, or ongoing and long-term. Temporary, sudden incontinence can be caused by urinary tract infection due to pregnancy, weight gain, or mental confusion. Long term incontinence can be the result of spinal injuries, bladder cancer, or bladder spasms. There are around 19 million adults who have incontinence! Rest assured, you are not alone. It is a symptom, not a disease in itself.
Typically, the bladder stores the urine that is continually produced by the kidneys until it is time to urinate, but when any part of the urinary system malfunctions, incontinence can result. There is a one in four chance that a woman aged 30-59 will have experienced an episode of some type of urinary incontinence. However, incontinence is not a flaw, a psychological problem or personal failure. Incontinence is a medical symptom, and it deserves the same attention you would give to any other medical problem. It is as important to us as it is to you! There are two types of urinary incontinence, stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Below are pages that contain more information about each of the topics. Hopefully these pages will allow you to better understand incontinence as a condition. We also hope to inform you about how adult incontinence products work, as well as the development of the adult diaper market in the past few years.
Stress Incontinence (Click for more info)
Stress Incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence in women. Everday activities such as laughing and coughing, can be the cause of stress incontinence due to pressure on the bladder.
Urge Incontinence (Click for more info)
Urge incontinence is different from stress incontinence in that it is characterized by a sudden urge to urinate frequently and uncontrollably. Bed wetting is common with this condition and people typically have to use the bathroom every two hours. During urge incontinence, the bladder squeezes and contracts, pushing urine out involuntarily.
Fecal Incontinence (Click for more info)
Fecal incontinence is the condition of not being able to control one's bowels. In can result from injuries to the spine or bowels and is a difficult condition to live with, but proper management can help a great deal. More common in women than in men, fecal incontinence affects around 5.5 million people in the United States. A healthy diet can greatly reduce the chances of one becoming fecally incontinent.
Adult Diaper Information (Click for more info)
Interesting information about the development and progress of the adult diaper industry.