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Incontinence is an involuntary loss of either urine or fecal matter. Incontinence is the result of a loss of control or weakness of the vaginal or anal sphincter. There are three types of incontinence: stress, urge and mixed.
Stress Incontinence: Stress Incontinence: The most common form of incontinence, this type occurs when the bladder and muscles of the pelvic floor are under abnormal pressure or stress. More common in women who have given birth or have gone through menopause. Triggers include: a sudden cough, sneezing, laughing, heavy lifting, age, obesity, and exercise.
Urge Incontinence: This is the second most common type of incontinence and is also known as "overactive bladder". This occurs when there is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscular wall of the bladder that causes a sudden and overwhelming urge to urinate that cannot be stopped. Common triggers include: a change in position, the sound of running water, cystitis, and sex. The bladder muscles can activate involuntarily because of damage to the nerves, nervous system or to the muscles themselves.
Mixed Incontinence: A combination of both stress and urge incontinence.