Incontinence is defined as: “An involuntary leakage of urine”
Incontinence is a common problem, but is distressing and can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life. Incontinence is almost always caused by an underlying medical condition and, contrary to popular misconception that it is something that just has to borne, incontinence is almost always treatable either through exercises, drugs or through the use of medical appliances.
Incontinence is a lot more common than most people realise. It is difficult to know exactly how common it is as many people never see a healthcare professional about the issue, but it is estimated that 1 adult in 15 has a bladder problem.
Incontinence is more common in women than in men, due to the impact of childbirth and the menopause on the urinary system, and it is estimated that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience incontinence at some stage of life.
Also, 1 adult in every 100 is a life-long bed-wetter. As you might expect, incontinence is more common as you get older, and with the aging population the market size for incontinence appliances and treatments is growing.
Incontinence can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life in the following ways:
The following things can cause incontinence:
The most common forms of incontinence are: