What is incontinence?

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control.

There are 3 types of Incontinence:

Stress Incontinence
Stress Incontinence is the involuntary leaking of urine due when added pressure is put on the bladder. Coughing, sneezing, lifting objects or laughing could trigger an accidental loss of urine. Stress incontinence is a result of the weakening of the pelvic muscles, particularly the pelvic floor muscles.

Urge Incontinence
Urge incontinence is the sudden, uncontrollable desire to urinate. This type of incontinence is caused by damage to the nerves that control bladder actions.

Overflow Incontinence
Overflow incontinence is when more urine is produced than what the bladder can hold. This results in leaking, commonly referred to as dribbling. Obstruction or weakened bladder muscles that prevent the bladder from emptying completely cause overflow incontinence.

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Who is most likely to suffer from incontinence?

  • About 13 million Americans are incontinent – around 85% of them are women
  • Urinary Incontinence affects 200 million people worldwide
  • One-third of men and women 30-70 years old have experienced loss of bladder control at some point as an adult
With age chances of experiencing incontinence increases, but many other factors also influence your chances of developing incontinence.

You are statistically more likely to suffer from incontinence if you are:
  • Over the age of 60
  • Overweight or obese
  • Postmenopausal
  • Pregnant
  • Diabetic
Or if you:
  • Smoke (nicotine irritates the bladder)
  • Suffer from frequent bladder infections
  • Suffer from Interstitial Cystitis
  • Have an enlarged prostate or have had prostate surgery
  • Have had pelvic surgery or injury
  • Have had a stroke
  • Abuse alcohol
Other age-related medical conditions and mental conditions can also affect incontinence.

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Managing Incontinence

Adult Incontinence is a common, and manageable problem among both men and women in America.

The best treatment depends on an individual’s cause of incontinence, as well as personal preference for treatment.

Wearing protective garments is a common and effective way to help manage incontinence. The Compaire™ product line offers a variety of products designed with the user in mind, such as adult briefs, disposable protective underwear, booster pads, shields, garment liners, and belted and beltless undergarments.

Compaire™ Disposable and Reusable Underpads also assist in the management of incontinence. Underpads provide a dependable, moisture proof barrier between the individual and a wheelchair, furniture, and/or bedding, especially when combined with the use of other adult incontinence products.

For more information about Compaire™ products, please explore our website.

The type of issues a person encounters while suffering with incontinence varies depending on the cause of incontinence, as well as the individual’s medical history.

If you are suffering from symptoms of incontinence, please contact your doctor.

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More Info from NAFC

National Association For Continence (NAFC)

The NAFC website is a great resource for all your incontinence questions.
They provide comprehensive information about the causes, prevention,
diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for those affected by

From NAFC:
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