Overflow Incontinence

Overflow incontinence occurs when a person is unable to empty their bladder completely and it overflows.This type of incontinence accounts to about 10-15% of cases. People with this type of incontinence usually have difficulties emptying their urinary bladder completely. Overflow incontinence mostly affects men. This happens when there is an obstruction or blockage to the bladder. 

Causes for overflow incontinence

Enlarged prostate, a tumor pressing to the bladder, urinary stones are some of the common reasons that causes  blockage to the bladder. 

The second underlying cause might be a weak or absent bladder contraction, caused by damage to the neurological system. Nerve damage may be caused by a variety of ailments including Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s, MS or Diabetes.

Treatments for overflow incontinence

  • Scheduling toilet visits and emptying so the bladder does not overflow.
  • Pelvic Floor Exercises
  • Incontinence surgery
  • Medication
  • Intermittent self-catheterisation:is another commonly used management technique
  • Incontinence Products.