Temporary or permanent incontinence: how to know?

Incontinence: how to live it well on a daily basis?

Incontinence is an involuntary or accidental loss of control of the urinary and anal sphincters. Its prevalence increases with age and women are the most affected for anatomical reasons. We speak of urinary incontinence when it comes to urinary leakage. Anal incontinence involves bowel movements and gas. These leaks generally require the wearing of protections when they are moderate or significant.

The Euro Santé online store specializes in transient or permanent incontinence protection. It offers a wide range of articles for adults and people of advanced age. The absorbent pads are designed to effectively prevent problems of incontinence, enuresis or encopresis on a daily basis. These protective devices are manufactured in different sizes and in ultra-absorbent materials dermatologically tested.

The use of absorbent pads and support briefs

Depending on your need for protection, there are different products that may be right for you:

  • support briefs, ideal for everyday comfort wherever you go ;
  • complete diapers, practical, they are adaptable to your size ;
  • incontinence briefs and absorbent pads are reliable, discreet and comfortable pads ;
  • washable diapers

In some situations, you can also use a disposable mattress pad to attach to the bed.

There are also effective treatments to remedy incontinence. These treatments depend on the etiology of the incontinence. A complete history, an examination of the perineum as well as additional examinations make it possible to determine the type of incontinence and the possible causes. In addition to the use of absorbent pads, it is possible to perform: rehabilitation of the perineum, change of diet, etc. Surgical repair is the last resort to remedy incontinence.

The different types of incontinence and their causes

Incontinence is largely due to transient events (organic or psychological) and disappears when these are taken care of. Faecal incontinence results from nerve or muscle dysfunction of the anal sphincter and is common among seniors. Etiologies include constipation, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, childbirth, surgery… As for urinary incontinence, it takes many forms.

Stress urinary incontinence

It is the most common form of incontinence in women. It is linked to any type of physical effort resulting in pressure on the abdomen: coughing fits, burst of laughter, carrying a load… It occurs on a loose perineum. The situations in question are pregnancy, vaginal deliveries, hormonal disorders or urinary tract infections.. In men, it occurs following prostate surgery that caused a sphincter lesion.

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Urge urinary incontinence

It stems from damage to the nerve center of the bladder, which no longer controls urination. The mere thought of urination or contact with water can trigger the leaks. Pathologies such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or stroke are responsible. When associated with “stress urinary incontinence”, it is called mixed urinary incontinence.

Overflow urinary incontinence

This is the most common form of incontinence in men. Bladder dysfunction or an obstruction in the urinary tract prevents the bladder from contracting and emptying properly. Urination is performed uncontrollably, drop by drop. The causes are as follows: diabetic neuropathy, fecal impaction, prostate tumor, use of antidepressants or muscle relaxants, etc.

Total or permanent urinary incontinence

The flow of urine is continuous unlike the other forms where the leaks are intermittent. Because of total or partial damage to the spinal cord or urinary sphincterthe bladder no longer plays its role as a reservoir.


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