Incontinence is the involuntary release of urine from the bladder (referred to as urinary incontinence) or stool from rectum (referred to as faecal incontinence). Incontinence is frequently linked to ageing, childbirth, and menopause. Although it is more common among older people, it is by no means a normal component of the ageing process. Incontinence can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. Depression, feelings of humiliation, loss of self-confidence, lower perceived sense of wellness, social isolation, sexual dysfunction, and financial issues are all psychosocial repercussions of incontinence (due to the cost of pads, bedding, laundry, and reduced ability to work). Sleep loss is common, as are falls and fractures in elderly patients (due to rushing to the bathroom).

Depression, feelings of humiliation, loss of self-confidence, lower perceived sense of wellness, social isolation, sexual dysfunction, and financial issues are all psychosocial repercussions of incontinence [Image: Shutterstock].

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