Incontinence or being incontinent can refer to both urinary incontinence and faecal incontinence.

Not all adult incontinence is the same. There are different causes for male incontinence, female incontinence, elderly incontinence and incontinence in children.

Urinary incontinence relates to involuntary urine leakage. The extent of involuntary leakage of urine varies across people who are incontinent. In each specific circumstance, urinary incontinence can be further diagnosed based on relevant factors such as type, frequency and severity.

Incontinence is also referred to as urine incontinence or bladder weakness. All these conditions above fall under the term lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
Faecal incontinence (also known as bowel incontinence) is a condition used to describe involuntary defecation.

More information

  • Find out more about the different types of female bladder weakness here: Types

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