What Is Incontinence?

Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder, known as urinary incontinence. It can also be used to describe the inability to control bowel movements. Long-term incontinence is often caused by a disease or other health condition and it can range in severity.

Incontinence could be used to describe regular small leaks, or a complete loss of bladder and bowel control. In many cases, incontinence can be treated or managed to gain a better quality of life.

For information on the different types of urinary incontinence, please visit our Types Of Incontinence section. If you are struggling with incontinence, we have incontinence products available that could help you better manage your condition, and we can also direct you to support groups and further information.

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What is incontinence?

Incontinence is really the inability to store urine, or the involuntary passing of urine, so the bladder is not able to keep hold of that and sometimes that can happen at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate place.

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