Did you know?
• Incontinence is more common than hay fever
• 1 in 3 women over the age of 35 experience incontinence in their lives
• 1 in 4 men experience urine leakage: as common as asthma or arthritis
• 60% of women experience incontinence after or during pregnancy
• 65% of men experience a little dribble when passing urine
• 35% of women avoided funny situations because of incontinence
There are two types of incontinence – stress & urge
Where little leaks occur during activity such as sneezing or coughing and is most common in females. The pelvic floor muscles are unable to tighten, which can by caused by a number of things including pregnancy, obesity, menopause, chronic illness and prostate surgery.
This is where you may have a sudden urge to urinate and have leakage after urination (especially in men). This can also be referred to as an overactive bladder, where the muscles in the bladder contract involuntarily. Urge incontinence can be caused by incorrect signals from the bladder to the brain, nerve damage, surgery or psychological factors.