Double incontinence, also known as dual incontinence, occurs when an individual suffers from both bladder and fecal incontinence. This condition affects women and men equally. The incidence rate is lower than urinary or fecal incontinence in isolation. Although double 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 double incontinence, quality of life is more severely affected than those who suffer from only urinary or fecal incontinence. If you are suffering from double incontinence, it is not unusual to feel embarrassed over the social stigma associated with this condition.
Urinary and fecal incontinence, in isolation or combination, are treatable conditions. If you suffer from double 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.
Symptoms of double incontinence are the same as those found in urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence, which can include:
- Loss of urine and stool
- Irritated or itchy anus
- Abdominal pain or cramping
At the Incontinence Institute, our physicians are trained to treat double incontinence issues. As with urinary or fecal 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 are suffering from double incontinence, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with a physician.