What Are the Different Types of Incontinence?

Types of incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a very common health condition in the U.S. Few people know that almost a quarter to a third of all men and women in the country suffer from some form of urinary incontinence. Incontinence in adults can be an extremely embarrassing and disruptive condition.

But the type of incontinence heavily influences how treatment is delivered. Aeroflow provides different types of adult diapers to manage the condition, but first, you need to know what type of incontinence you suffer from.

Urge Incontinence

According to the Simon Foundation, all races are equally as likely to be predisposed to some form of urinary incontinence as adults. The most common type of urinary incontinence in adults is urge incontinence, which is characterized by constantly needing to go to the bathroom.

Unlike other forms of incontinence, making it to the bathroom is rarely a problem, but this can turn into an extremely disruptive condition in daily life. The frequency of the urges also differs from person to person. The worst sufferers may need to go to the bathroom every few minutes.

What’s important to remember is that someone can have an overactive bladder without having urge incontinence. Some people have an overactive bladder without incontinence.

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is where the bladder fails to close properly. The opening of the bladder is weak, so coughing, sneezing, and laughing could lead to leakage. This is where products and services like adult pull-ups and adult diapers to control symptoms are most often used, as there’s no controlling when the bladder will leak.

Overflow Incontinence

Overflow incontinence is slightly different from stress incontinence. This type of incontinence could be caused by poor bladder contraction or a partial/total blockage of the urethra. Overflow incontinence can be a difficult condition to live with because the bladder can leak without the sufferer ever feeling any urge to go to the bathroom.

Functional Incontinence

Functional incontinence is often not a natural form of incontinence. It tends to be a side effect from medications the sufferer is taking. They still feel the urge to go to the bathroom, but the moment they get the urge they have literally seconds to reach the bathroom. Most people never make it, therefore diapers and incontinence pads are necessary.

This type of incontinence, when caused by medications, usually goes away after the person stops taking the associated medications.


There isn’t a ‘cure all’ solution for incontinence. For many people, their only option is to manage the symptoms. Pelvic floor exercises and electrical stimulation are just two of the options to help people deal with this condition. Studies are still on-going as to what works, as well as the safety of some of these solutions.

What do you think is the best way to deal with incontinence?


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