By: By Steve Bond, Pharmacist Incontinence, defined by the involuntary leakage of urine is a common condition affecting up to 30% of Canadians. There are four types of incontinence based on symptoms – Stress, Urge, Overflow and Functional.
- Stress incontinence occurs when a stressor like a sneeze or cough makes us “pee a little”.
- Urge incontinence occurs when a person has a strong urgency to go, and leakage occurs. It is sometimes referred to as an overactive bladder (OAB), but you can have an overactive bladder but not incontinence.
- Overflow incontinence occurs when, due to some obstruction, a person is unable to completely void their full bladder. This can then lead to some leakage.
- Functional incontinence happens to a person who is unable to get to a restroom due to an external factor such as immobility or dementia, but there is no problem with their urinary tract.