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Up to six million people in the UK are thought to experience urinary incontinence. Bladder problems can affect anyone at anytime regardless of age.
There are several types of urinary incontinence. The most common types can include:
Stress incontinence – leakage of urine on exertion such as coughing, sneezing or exercising
Urge incontinence – leakage of urine when the sensation to pass urine is too great that there is not time to reach the toilet
Mixed incontinence – a mix of stress and urge incontinence
Overflow incontinence – excess urine leakage when the bladder is not fully emptying so the bladder overfills and then leaks when too full
Functional Incontinence – when mobility or dexterity or poor access to toilets leads to incontinence but the bladder and bowel are healthy
It is important to know that a lot can be done to cure, treat, improve or manage bladder problems, which are often difficult to talk about. It is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and there is a much wider choice of treatments, products and management options available to people.
Bladder and Bowel UK offer specialist and product advice, support and practical help to access the right NHS service.
We have a team of Specialist Nurses and Continence Product Information staff, who can be contacted on the National Confidential Bladder and Bowel UK help line (0161 607 8219) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org