Types of Incontinence

Abena offers a wide range of incontinence pads to help with continence management and improve the quality of life for those who live with these symptoms.

Our incontinence supplies cover everything from incontinence pads in numerous sizes and shapes to bed protection products such as absorbent underpads. We even have specialised products like faecal incontinence pads, gender specific products such as male incontinence pads shaped for the male anatomy and junior products.

Each type of incontinence can lead to different degrees of leakage, which is why it is important to find the right incontinence product for your individual need.

Urinary Incontinence

Stress Incontinence

Normally caused by a weak pelvic region. Laughter, coughing, lifting etc. can increase the pressure on the bladder, which may leak urine. Stress incontinence is predominantly found among women.

Urge Incontinence

The loss of urine associated with a sudden strong urge to urinate – often the person does not reach the toilet in time. Urge incontinence is found equally among men and women.

Overflow Incontinence

The slightest increase of pressure on the bladder makes it ‘run over’. The feeling of having to urinate does not occur until the bladder is completely full. This means that urination is frequent and leakage is in small amounts. It is hard to start the urination process with the normal urination impulse and the abdominal muscle is often used to keep urination going to empty the bladder. 

Functional Incontinence

Inability to reach the toilet in time as a result of a physical, mental or environmental problem. This means that a person might not understand the need to toilet themselves or recognise the appropriate place to toliet. Functional incontinence may be a result of dementia, poor mobility, poor dexterity, loss of memory, and stress. Even poor building design can affect the person’s ability to reach or use the toilet.

Feacal Incontinence

Lack of control over defecation, leading to involuntary loss of bowel contents. Constipation, diarrhoea and involuntary bowel movements are symptoms of faecal incontinence. The symptoms can occur separately or simultaneously.

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