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Causes of Incontinence

Causes of Incontinence

Authored By David Wilson

Incontinence is a term that describes any accident or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder or faeces from the bowel. It is not just a problem for older people and it should not be considered normal.

Incontinence is not just a problem for the elderly and should not be considered an inevitable consequence of the ageing process. It should not be considered normal and it can often be a sign of other health problems.

Sometimes incontinence can be cured and other times it can be managed with the right advice or treatment. 

Incontinence is a common condition that ranges in severity from just a small leak to complete loss of bladder or bowel control.

Bladder weakness can be the result of, or related to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Surgery
  • Menopause
  • Prostate problems
  • Obesity
  • Constipation
  • It can also be a side effect of some medications

If you feel that you have any of these types of incontinence, please contact your health professional or Continence NZ for advice.

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