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Functional incontinence occurs when some obstacle or
disability makes it hard for you to reach or use a toilet in time to
urinate. It is often caused by:
Functional incontinence is treated by
behavioral methods that teach you to urinate on a
timed voiding schedule and by modifying your environment so you can get to and
use the toilet more quickly. This may involve moving furniture, making
clothes easier to remove, or making other changes.
Medicines aren't used to treat functional incontinence.
absorbent pads or disposable underwear are usually used when other methods of treating
incontinence have failed or cannot be used. Men may also use an incontinence clamp or a pressure cuff. Women may also use a urethral insert or an external urethral barrier.
These methods don't treat the
incontinence, but they may make it possible to manage the problem.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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