Incontinence Helpful Guide

What is Incontinence?

Incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine or bowel motion at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate place. The amount can vary from slight to copious. It is important to remember that incontinence is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying disorder.

Incontinence is common. In fact, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 9 men will suffer with incontinence at some point in their lives.

Unfortunately, incontinence is still considered to be a taboo subject with many individuals suffering in silence without getting any help and it is estimated that there are 16 million people in the UK that suffer with incontinence.

All of Bell Mobility’s continence care products come in discreet packaging so please do not feel embarrassed about ordering these products from us. Our products range from pull-ups, all-in-one briefs, small shaped pads, pad inserts, light pads, briefs, waterproof pants, waste managementchair padsbed pads, urinals and bed pans. If you live in the local area, we also have a variety of samples in store to aid in you in making the right choice. Please feel free to call in to our store and discuss your needs. You will always be treated with the utmost respect and discretion.

There are several types of urinary incontinence, including:

  • stress incontinence – when urine leaks out at times when your bladder is under pressure; for example, when you cough or laugh
  • urge incontinence – when urine leaks as you feel a sudden, intense urge to pee, or soon afterwards
  • overflow incontinence (chronic urinary retention) – when you’re unable to fully empty your bladder, which causes frequent leaking
  • total incontinence – when your bladder cannot store any urine at all, which causes you to pass urine constantly or have frequent leaking

It’s also possible to have a mixture of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.

See a GP if you have any type of urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a common problem and you should not feel embarrassed talking to them about your symptoms.

This can also be the first step towards finding a way to effectively manage the problem.

Urinary incontinence can usually be diagnosed after a consultation with a GP, who will ask about your symptoms and may do a pelvic or rectal examination, depending on whether you have a vagina or a penis.

Bowel incontinence, or faecal incontinence, is when you have problems controlling your bowels. It can be very upsetting and embarrassing, but it’s important to get medical advice if you have it because treatment can help. Bowel incontinence can affect people in different ways.You may have a problem if:

  • you have sudden urges to poo that you cannot control
  • you soil yourself without realising you needed the toilet
  • you sometimes leak poo – for example, when you pass wind
  • it happens every day or from time to time – a one-off “accident” when you’re ill with diarrhoea is not usually a problem
  • it’s affecting your daily life – for example, it stops you socialising

You may also have other symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhoea, passing wind or bloating.

There are lots of possible causes of bowel incontinence. Often it’s caused by a combination of problems. Do not try to self-diagnose the cause of your problems. Get medical help so the underlying cause can be identified and treated.

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