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So you think you have Incontinence? But which type?

1 in 3 women over 30 in the UK have some form of urinary incontinence. If you are the 1 in 3 that do, do you know which incontinence you have? Kegel8 does!

Why does it matter which type of incontinence I have?

You could be suffering with 'little leaks' or it could be much worse!

The first thing you need to do is find out which incontinence you are suffering from. This will be of great benefit to you as you will be able to self- treat the issue and cure your incontinence.

How do I find out?

By simply answering the questions below you will be able to diagnose which incontinence you are suffering from:

Which incontinence type do you have?

Mostly lilac: You could have... Overflow Incontinence. You may have a feeling that your bladder is full, even after you have been to the toilet. This is caused when the muscles around your bladder are not able to squeeze the bladder empty. It is commonly as a result of nerve or muscle damage, perhaps caused by diabetes, multiple sclerosis, surgery or injury. Because you can't empty your bladder completely, the bladder and its associated muscles become slack and less controlled; this causes urine leaking.

Mostly pink: You could have... Urge Incontinence. This is caused by the involuntary bladder contractions that occur as the bladder fills. With this form of incontinence, you will probably be aware of the urgent sensation but will be unable to stop a leakage before getting to the toilet. Urge incontinence usually has 'triggers', such as hearing running water or 'key-in-the-door' syndrome; knowing that you will soon be able to go to the toilet can cause bladder contractions.

Mostly black: You could have... Stress Incontinence. This form of incontinence is extremely common and affects over 2 million people in the UK. Stress incontinence occurs when the muscles in the pelvic floor or sphincter have been weakened or damaged. This is typically caused by childbirth, menopause, being overweight, constipation or chronic coughing.

What do I do now?

If you think you could have a form on incontinence, don't delay! Remember: incontinence is not for life, it can easily be treated. We recommend that you take a look at our Kegel8 Ultra 20 to treat your incontinence and help you to get strong and healthy from the inside out. Visit your GP, or alternatively, for more information on Kegel exercise, pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence help call the Kegel8 customer service team on 01482 496 932.

9 thoughts on “So you think you have Incontinence? But which type?”

  • nikki

    I have had 3 babies in 3yrs 2 which are 9mths apart I do pelvic floor exercise it work for a bit now I cant stop mid flow or control my bladder at all I don't get the feeling I want to go I can just wet myself it is so embarrassing I hate it. Would the kegel8 help me?

  • Kegel8

    Dear Nikki
    There are lots of outside influences that can have an adverse affect on your bladder, so do check out our articles about how medication and caffeine can interfere with the natural control you used to have. You need to make sure you are doing your kegel exercises correctly.......if you are doing manual exercises try this. If you have a manual kegel exerciser, kegel8 probe or even a vibrator, do your kegel squeezes against it. If you find your probe or vibrator becomes dislodged or you push it out then you are pushing down, this is not a good pelvic exercise! You need to ensure that you squeeze and pull up, or 'sucking in' your pelvic floor muscles. Weight is quite critical in bladder control - if you're overweight it's excess pressure on your pelvic floor, your bladder isn't supported properly and you will leak urine, so try to maintain a healthy body weight.

    A Kegel8 will help develop your muscles quicker, it works deep within your muscles and nerves to get them doing what they should do - that’s supporting your vital organs, bladder, bowel and vagina. You must take action now, do not ignore it or you could face a collapse of your pelvic floor which is a prolapse, this could be bladder, vaginal, or bowel (and other pelvic organs) - you need to try and keep your 'bit's where they should be.

    If you are already doing your squeeze and release kegel exercises (properly!!) then you can work alongside a Kegel8, this will get you even better results.

    I would also recommend that you go to your Doctor and ask to be referred to a Continence Advisor, they are a great band of Clinicians and they will examine you and be able to help you get control back again, any rehabilitation you can do now will safe-guard you against future problems. Do not pad the problem it will only get worse but a few simple steps should help you get your control back again.

    Hope this helps

  • Tracey

    I have just been diagnosed with a overactive bladder, it is a real pain, I constantly need the loo and freqently have accidents, which are very embarrassing. I work with old people and have to travel alot can you help me please

  • Kegel8

    Hi Tracey
    Just as you describe, many women how suffer an over-active bladder also experience leaks whether this be down to the urgent need to go to the loo at the wrong time in the wrong place, or through the process of bladder training which may be recommended to you to ease the over-active bladder (bladder training is the concept of stretching the bladder, training it to hold urine for longer – hence the occasional accident). Kegel8 will strengthen and tighten your pelvic floor muscles which wrap underneath the bladder, thus eliminating the leaks you are experiencing.
    With the symptoms you describe already experiencing and the need for results as quick as possible due to your work commitments, I would recommend the Kegel8 Ultra. This is a more powerful unit than the Tight and Tone and will work to exercise your pelvic floor muscles deeper than it is possible to exercise them manually. If you would like any further advice about the problems you are experiencing or any further explanation on the Kegel8 please feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to help.
    I would also recommend the Bladder and Bowel Foundation website. If you visit their site there is some great literature on other things you can do to ease your symptoms such as simple lifestyle changes; for example, coffee and caffeine are real irritants to the bladder.
    All the best

  • Valy

    I am only 22 and really worried about my bladder problem. I need to wee as soon as I get up in the morning (7.15) the other week I had to turf my flatmate out of the shower just so I could wee! I literally can't do anything else apart from wee as soon as I am awake. I don't drink anything in the morning yet as soon as I arrive at work (8.45) I need to wee again. I will then allow myself to have a milky coffee but will need to wee again at around (10.00) normally I will go once again at around (11.00) and again at lunch (12.30) when I will allow myself to have a small cup of water. In the afternoon I will go again at around (2.30) and again when I get home from work (5.30) I just have to go and can't hold it in. I have even found myself dancing like a child when I have needed to hold it in but just can't. This is ruling my life and is very embrassing! I hardly drink anything all day so am dehdryated by the time I get home. Help me!

  • Kegel8

    Hi Valy - we really feel for you. Going about your day never being able to stray far from the loo is so restricting and understandably it will be getting you down! What you are experiencing is urge incontinence - take a look at our article on urge incontinence in our 'Your Pelvic Floor' section then under 'Incontinence'. I think this will give you a real in-sight to why you may be experiencing these symptoms and what you can do about it.

    Dehydrating yourself is definitely not the answer and while I understand you will be feeling desperate, this will be damaging your health and not helping at all. Ultimately you need to strengthen you pelvic floor muscles with kegel exercises. This will give your bladder the support it needs to hold your urine and give you the control over when it is released. I hope this helps Valy - give us a call if you would like to discuss it further after reading the information. Best wishes

  • Cathy

    My embarrassing incontinence is only when I reach orgasim. I have not seen any other commence on this, am I the only one? Luckily for me my husband (of 34 years) is very understanding but it is now putting me off reaching orgasim. I have now got the Kegel8 in the hope this can help me, what programme should I use?

    Kegel8 Reply: Ladies... is Cathy the only one??? I can assure you you're not Cathy! Give us a call or drop us a message at [email protected], tell us which Kegel8 you've got an we can tell you the best programmes for you to use. Welcome to Kegel8!

  • Charmaine H

    its only when I saw these questions that I realised that I did have a problem and whilst I am only 28 i want to do something about it. I think it is something that women just don't talk about but my Mum has had a prolapse and she is desperate for me not to have the problems she has had. Women need to admit they have a problem and not pretend it isnt happening.

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