What is Functional Urinary Incontinence?

Involuntary loss of urine, known as urinary incontinence, affects over 25 million Americans. In many cases, incontinence is caused by a medical problem with controlling the bladder. Functional urinary incontinence occurs when a person recognizes the need to urinate, but is unable to access a toilet due to a separate medical or environmental issue.

What are common signs of Functional Urinary Incontinence?

There are many temporary or long-term medical issues that can result in functional urinary incontinence. Some common causes of functional urinary incontinence include:

  • Limited physical mobility due to handicaps like arthritis or back pain
  • Cognitive issues such as dementia
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Impaired vision
  • Environmental barriers to the restroom
  • Medication side effects

The treatment goal for functional urinary incontinence is resolving the medical or environmental issue causing a person not to make it to the restroom in time.

It is possible to have another type of bladder incontinence in addition to functional incontinence. If you or a loved one are suffering from accidents due to incontinence, it is time to see a physician. They’ll perform tests to determine the type and severity of your incontinence, and create an individual treatment plan for you.

Don’t suffer alone with incontinence: the doctors at the Incontinence Institute can help. Take our free incontinence quiz and then contact our discreet Medical Concierge today.

To learn more, contact our team or call our discreet, dedicated Medical Concierge at 1.888.741.6403.

About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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