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Involuntary Urine Leakage - Functional, Overflow and Mixed Incontinence


Mixed & Transient Incontinence

Stress and urge incontinence often occur together in women. Combinations of incontinence, and this combination in particular, are sometimes referred to as "mixed incontinence."

Transient incontinence is a temporary version of incontinence. It can be triggered by medications, urinary tract infections, mental impairment, restricted mobility, and stool impaction (severe constipation), which can push against the urinary tract and obstruct outflow.

Functional Incontinence

Functional incontinence may result in a person that has problems thinking, moving, or communicating that prevent them from getting to the restroom. A person with Alzheimer's disease, for example, may not think well enough to plan a timely trip to a restroom. A person in a wheelchair may be blocked from getting to a toilet in time. Conditions such as these are often associated with age and account for some of the bladder control issues of elderly women in nursing homes.

Overflow Incontinence

If your bladder is always full so that it continually leaks urine, you have overflow incontinence. Weak bladder muscles or a blocked urethra can cause this type of incontinence. Nerve damage from diabetes or other diseases can lead to weak bladder muscles; tumors and urinary stones can block the urethra. Overflow incontinence is rare in women.

If you’re experiencing bladder control issues, you are not alone! We encourage you to contact our Clinical Care Coordinator via the question form with any questions or concerns during normal business hours. Or make an appointment to discuss symptoms and treatments options with a Women’s Health Group provider.

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