Incontinence is defined as the inability to control urination. It affects millions of people of all ages but women are more than twice as likely to suffer from incontinence.

Four Types of Incontinence
Stress Incontinence – This incontinence occurs when pressure or stress is put on the bladder. Stress/pressure may occur when the individual coughs, laughs, swings a golf club or lifts something heavy and is the most mild form of incontinence.

Urge Incontinence – This condition occurs after feeling an urge to urinate followed by an inability to control the bladder. This typically happens while sleeping or when drinking or listening to water.

Overflow Incontinence – Incontinence that occurs when the bladder is always full and finally overflows. Common causes are a blockage of the urethra, weak bladder muscles or nerve damage from diabetes or other diseases.

Functional Incontinence - This is simply a condition where the urge to urinate comes too late or physical disabilities won't allow the individual to get to a bathroom before they urinate.

It is important to understand that incontinence can be a symptom of a more serious condition. If you suffer from incontinence and have not consulted a physician it is imperative that you do so immediately. Many forms of incontinence can be successfully treated. To learn more about incontinence visit www.mayoclinic.org/urinary-incontinence .