What is incontinence? Find an overview of incontinence symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention as well as definitions.

What is incontinence?

There are two main categories of incontinence, urinary incontinence and faecal incontinence.

Causes of incontinence

Incontinence can be caused by a number of different things depending on the type of incontinence and other factors such as underlying or pre-existing illnesses, age and gender.

Treating incontinence

There are a number of different treatment options for incontinence including both surgical and non-surgical solutions.

Preventing incontinence

There are a number of ways to prevent incontinence such as strengthening the pelvic floor muscles however, other causes of incontinence cannot be prevented.

Diagnosing incontinence

Both urinary and faecal incontinence can be a symptom or sign of another health condition. For this reason, it is important identify the cause to correctly treat the incontinence.

Risk factors for incontinence

There are a number of factors that put you at a greater risk of developing either urinary or faecal incontinence.

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Dr Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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