About Incontinence

Incontinence is a medical condition and set of diseases that affects between 4% and 8% of the population or the lives of almost 400 million people worldwide. The burden of incontinence is expected to grow due to an ageing population. Despite the high prevalence and the social and economic implications of the condition, incontinence is not a priority on the health and social policy and stakeholder agenda worldwide. Yet, addressing the care needs of patients and improving continence care can contribute to an effective response to a range of social, economic and macro-economic challenges that all countries around the world are facing today. This includes population ageing, growing demands from chronic disease patients and the increasing pressure on health systems and resources.

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, incontinence in older people 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 leakage issues. 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.

Related words

  • Bladder weakness
  • Functional Incontinence
  • Incontinence
  • Incontinence management
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Overflow incontinence
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Underactive Bladder
  • Urge Incontinence