Dual incontinence, also known as double incontinence, occurs when an individual suffers with both bladder and bowel incontinence. This condition affects women and men equally.
The incidence rate is lower than urinary or bowel incontinence in isolation. Although dual incontinence tends to occur in older individuals, it is not a natural part of the aging process.
Studies have shown that for those suffering from dual incontinence, quality of life is more severely affected than those who suffer from only urinary incontinence. If you are suffering from dual incontinence, it is not unusual to feel embarrassed over the social stigma associated with this condition.
Urinary and bowel incontinence, in isolation or combination, are treatable conditions. If you suffer from dual incontinence, the first step is to call the Incontinence Institute so we can connect you with a physician trained in treating this condition and its symptoms.
The symptoms of dual incontinence are the same as those found in urinary incontinence and bowel incontinence, which can include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of urine and stool
- Irritated or itchy anus
- Abdominal pain or cramping
As with urinary or bowel incontinence, diagnosis begins with a thorough look at your medical history and a full physical examination. Following this step, patients will likely undergo diagnostic testing to aid in a precise diagnosis of the condition. For the convenience of our patients, diagnostic testing is typically performed onsite during the initial visit.
If you or a loved one suffers from dual incontinence, please contact us today. We can connect you with a physician who can help