What Type of Urinary Stress Incontinence Do You Have?

There are different types of urinary incontinence -- stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and mixed incontinence. Each kind affects every individual differently but knowing what type of incontinence you have can help you better manage and treat occasional to frequent bladder leakage.  

Please consult a medical professional if you are experiencing discomfort or other serious symptoms including blood in urine. 

Gain a better understanding of what kind of urinary incontinence you may have by answering these simple questions. Remember this is not a medical diagnosis. We are simply addressing symptoms you may experience and the types of incontinence they are generally associated with. 

Which situation do you experience most often? 

  1. Do you experience leakage or pee a little when you laugh?

    Laughing so hard that you pee your pants is not just an expression. Sometimes people with stress incontinence pee their pants a little after hearing a funny joke. Other individuals may experience leakage when coughing or sneezing. In some cases, individuals have a frequent urge to pee while running, going on a walk, or partaking in mild exercise. 

    Stress incontinence is the most common kind of urinary incontinence. It is easily manageable especially when you understand the situations in which you experience leaks or uncontrollable urges to urinate.
     
  2. Are you unable to control your bladder or  experience urges to pee frequently?

    Most of the time, our bladders can hold urine until we find a bathroom. Other times, the urge is too strong that the muscles in our bladder cannot hold it anymore. If you experience this more often than usual, it may be possible that you have urge incontinence.

    It is important to consult your doctor or a medical professional about the symptoms you may be experiencing. If you feel extreme urinary or abdominal discomfort, it is advised that you seek help as soon as possible. 

  3. Unable to decide what kind of incontinence you have?

    If you cannot decide which type of urinary incontinence you have but experience symptoms listed above, it is possible you may suffer from mixed incontinence. Some people experience a combination of both urge and stress incontinence resulting to frequent leaks and trips to the bathroom.

There are many resources available to help deal with urinary incontinence. The first step is consulting a medical professional about your type of urinary incontinence. Your doctor can best assess the symptoms you are experiencing and prescribe lifestyle modifications as well as medications to help deal with incontinence. 

"Being aware of situations in which you are unable to hold in urine can help prevent accidental leaks and spills. You can purchase items to help absorb urine and avoid embarrassing moments."

 
San Pablo Commercial strives to decrease barriers to accessing quality and affordable incontinence supplies. Our products are specifically designed to absorb large amounts of urine and lock away odors. Check out our disposable bed pads which are made to protect bedding, furniture, and other surfaces from spills and leaks. If you are looking for an alternative to bulky adult diapers, browse through our protective underwear selection as well as thin incontinence pads and absorbent panty liners


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