This category of basic ADLs includes the following:

  • Maintaining complete self-control over urination and defecation

There are two ways to lose control over urination and defecation. Either you have trouble getting waste out, or you have trouble holding it in.

Continence is the condition in which your body is holding back the important functions of emptying your bladder or bowels. Symptoms of continence may include:

  • Weak urinary stream
  • Sputtering or intermittent urine flow
  • Feeling of incomplete voiding
  • Straining to urinate
  • Hesitancy, or a delay between attempting to urinate and the urine actually starting to flow
  • Inability to completely relieve the bladder

Contrarily, incontinence is the condition in which you are unable to hold back urination and defecation. You experience involuntary leakage or sudden release of urine or stool or both.

Continence leads to discomfort and aggravation. Incontinence, on the other hand, can result in soiled clothing, soiled beds and furniture, odors, hygiene issues, and embarrassment. Incontinence thus commands more attention and products to deal with its consequences and try to prevent its ongoing recurrence.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence (bladder incontinence) is the unexpected and involuntary leaking of urine.  There are several types of urinary incontinence:

Urinary Incontinence
Stress Incontinence Urine leaks when pressure is exerted on bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.
Urge Incontinence A sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine.
Overflow Incontinence Frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that does not empty completely.
Functional Incontinence Inability to make it to the toilet or get clothes undone in time due to a physical or mental impairment.
Mixed Incontinence Combination two or more types of urinary incontinence.

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence (bowel incontinence), is the unexpected and involuntary leaking of feces.  There are several types of fecal incontinence:

Fecal Incontinence
Stress incontinence Feces leaks when you exert pressure on your rectum by bending, exercising, or lifting something heavy.
Urge incontinence A sudden, intense urge to defecate followed by an involuntary loss of feces.
Flatus incontinence You have the sensation of a full rectum, but the body’s sensation mechanisms do not work properly and cannot tell whether it is gas or stool.
Passive incontinence The brain receives no urge instruction to go to the toilet. You are unaware that the rectum is full and ready to empty. The lack of sensations in your back passage prevents conscious control  of bowel movements and stool is passed without your knowledge.
Anal and rectal incontinence Inability to control the anal sphincter muscles due to damage to the nerves, the rectum’s structure, or the muscles in this area.
Overflow incontinence Results from a blockage in the colon caused by constipation. The initial blockage, caused by a stool that is stuck, blocks yet more stool. Only watery feces can pass around it. That discharge then leaks out because it is so hard to control.
Functional incontinence  A physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet or getting your pants or other clothes undone in time.
Mixed incontinence Combination two or more types of fecal incontinence

Incontinence Products

Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease.  It can be the result of everyday habits, underlying medical conditions, or physical problems. If you are experiencing incontinence symptoms, a thorough doctor’s examination may help you to determine and treat the source.

While you are working to rid yourself of the incontinence, you will need to address the symptoms in order to be able to continue your daily living activities, including your social ones.

Incontinence products include:

Product Category
Product Examples
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Remote toileting receptacles
  • Bedpans
  • Urinals
  • Commodes
  • Commode/Shower rolling chairs
Bed, wheelchair, and furniture protective pads
  • Under pads
  • Bed pads and mattress protectors
Incontinence outerwear
  • Pants with elastic waistbands
  • Trousers with detachable crotch
Urine collection and regulator devices
  • Urine bag pants
  • Wearable urine collectors
  • Urinary drainage collection bags
  • Urine catheter sleeves and bag holders
  • Bladder control pads
  • Penile clamps

Personal protective pads, liners, and garments
  • Feminine hygiene pads
  • Pant liners
  • Disposable undergarments
  • Belted undergarments
  • Adult briefs
  • Pull-Up underwear
  • Protective underwear
Exercise and strengthening devices
  • Kegel balls
  • Pelvic-floor muscle trainer
Supplements and over-the-counter medicines
  • Anti-diarrhea products
  • Bladder control supplements
  • Laxatives for constipation
  • Hemorrhoid products
  • Prostrate support supplements
Clean-up and sanitation
  • Bidets and bidet toilet seats
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand wipes
  • Cleaning products
  • Detergents
  • Liquid sanitizers
  • Refuse containers and bags

For more information on causes and treatments, see the blog post at this link

Below is a sampling of incontinence products help you to be prepared and to clean up. Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.

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3-Pack Men’s Maximum Absorbency Washable Reusable Bladder Control Briefs Grey 3X (Waist 46-48)

  • Pack of three Briefs.
  • Maximum absorbency - Holds up to 20 ounces of liquid. Suitable for moderate to heavy incontinence. Not for severe or total incontinence.
  • Functioning Fly.
  • 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester Body. 85% Rayon, 15%Polyester Pad. 100% Polyester Liner.
  • Model# HDM200-3-Pack

Abena Abri-Form Comfort Briefs, Medium, M4, 14 Count

  • The Abena Abri-Form Comfort size M4 fits hips 27.5"-43"; Absorbs up to 122 fl oz
  • Optimal leakage protection provided by plastic-backing and soft, reliable leakage barriers extended right to the edge
  • High quality hook and loop tapes for optimal fit and easy repositioning
  • Unique Top Dry system providing a dry surface and rapid absorption
  • Excellent absorption provided by long cellulose fibres, super-absorbents and an additional core in the centre

ADENG Unisex Urinal Bottle for Men and Women, Pee Bottle with a Lid and Funnel, Travel Urinal Kit for Camping Outdoor, with a Carry Bag

Features: 1.Made of High Quality plastic durable 2.Wide use: fits for elderly or bedridden, children and adults ( female and

Always Discreet Incontinence Pads for Women, Maximum Absorbency, Long Length, 39 Count – Pack of 3 (117 Total Count) (Packaging May Vary)

  • Always Discreet pads - absorb 4X more than period sanitary pads of similar size
  • Absorbent incontinence pads for women that always ship discreetly
  • Experience incredible bladder protection in a surprisingly thin incontinence pad
  • RapidDry core turns liquid to gel to help lock away bladder leaks and odors in seconds.Lightly-scented with exclusive OdorLock Technology to neutralize odors, getting you through the day with poise
  • Double LeakGuards keep wetness away from the edges for secure protection

BodyHealt Urinary Drainage Bag with Anti-Reflux Chamber, 2000 mL Vinyl with 48″ Drainage (5 Pack)

  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION. This drainage bag is crafted using vinyl construction to provide strength and durability for both odor containment and leak resistance. Natural rubber latex is not used to eliminate the risk of injuries and allergic reactions.
  • EASY TO USE. There is a clothing clamp on the tube so you can conveniently attach to patient’s clothing and make sure that the tube doesn’t get twisted or dragged on the floor. The drainage bag also features an easily accessible sample port and features measurement markings to allow for easy determination of urinary output.
  • SANITARY DESIGN. A 48-inch drainage tube provides quick drainage while also eliminating a standing column of urine. Additionally, there is an anti-reflux chamber to reduce gross reflux and backflow.
  • VERSATILE USE. Ideal for non-ambulatory individuals, hospitalized patients and those who require incontinence care while sleeping, this bag features a 2000-ml volume so you can leave unattended for hours before it needs to be drained. The handle/hanger fits securely onto a bedrail or wheelchair for added convenience.
  • AMPLE SUPPLY. To meet your needs, this urinary drainage bag is sold in a convenient, 20-count package. Each bag is a one-time use only for sanitation purposes and should be discarded when through.

Depend FIT-FLEX Incontinence Underwear for Men, Maximum Absorbency, Disposable, Large, Grey, 52 Count

  • Incontinence underwear with maximum absorbency, odor control and soft, flexible fabric is Your Best Comfort and Protection Guaranteed*
  • Material absorbs immediately, keeping you dry and protected from bladder leaks so you can go about your day, worry-free
  • Form-fitting elastic strands for a smooth, discreet fit under clothes that are flexible to move with you, unlike bulky adult diapers
  • SureFit waistband for a comfortable, underwear-like fit
  • Depend adult incontinence products always ship in a discreet box; FSA-eligible in the U.S.; Packaging may vary from image shown

Depend Incontinence Shields for Men, Light Absorbency, (Packaging May Vary) by Depend

  • Depend Shields Incontinence Pads for Men with light absorbency for drips and dribbles of wetness
  • Ultra-thin and absorbent pads, shaped to fit a man's body
  • Disposable incontinence pads with a strong adhesive backing that locks into place in briefs or boxer briefs
  • Bladder leakage protection with worry-free odor control that's individually wrapped in a pocket-sized, discreet-to-carry grey pouch
  • Masculine-looking pads designed to fit a man's body and are FSA-eligible in the US only - packaging may vary in your orde

Doctor Butler’s Hemorrhoid & Fissure Ointment…FDA Approved Relief & Healing Formula (also contains Organic Herbs, Minerals and Amino Acids)

  • RISK FREE PURCHASE-Buy from Manufacturer BEYOND HEALTH P.A. who is the only authorized seller of this product on Amazon to receive your SATISFACTION money back GUARANTEE!
  • LEAVE THE PAIN BEHIND- Join more than 45,000 satisfied new customers who purchased Doctor Butler’s over the past year and receive FAST benefits to stop the Pain, Bleeding, Burning, Itching and Swelling of Hemorrhoids & Fissures
  • AMAZON’S #1 BEST SELLING HEMORRHOID OINTMENT- Fakespot Verified Positive Reviews
  • ACTUAL MEDICINE- Manufactured in the USA meets FDA approval; Produced in an FDA Certified Facility; Rigorous Quality Control Testing of Ingredients Proven SAFE & EFFECTIVE
  • HEAL, SOOTHE and PROTECT- Developed by a Board-Certified Proctologist who is available for your questions Doctor Butler’s uses Organic Herbs, Minerals and Amino Acids

EagleHealth Toilet-to-Tub Sliding Bench 77993 XXL

  • Toilet-to-Tub Sliding Transfer Bench (77993) makes transferring from toilet to tub easier, safer
  • CutOut for personal cleaning. Seat slides, locks at each end. Tool-free assembly. Height adjustable
  • Base Length: 64.5"-65.5" (XXL). Specs below. Assemble to face either right or left. Armrests #71002
  • Middle legs installed anywhere along rails. Other lengths: EagleHealth #77963 (Long) & #77983 (XL)
  • This Hygiene Product is NON-RETURNABLE once opened. Please measure your tub and bathroom carefully.

EMPOWER YOUR CHANGE Ostomy Shower Guard Size: S, M, L, XL & Custom-Size

  • The Ostomy Shower Guard will prevent 98% of the ostomy bag, the skin barrier from getting soaking wet, by encasing the ostomy bag and covering the middle abdominal to the pelvis region.
  • The Ostomy Shower Guard designed as a unisex product, made of durable TPU material.
  • There is an open pouch in the middle, where you place your ostomy bag inside the shower guard, to prevent from getting soaking wet.
  • It’s recommended to double strap around the abdominal to become more water resistant.
  • X-Large size 47-61 inches. If around your abdominal past 61 inches, then purchase the custom-size and send us your measurements.

GenieBidet [ELONGATED] Seat-Self Cleaning Dual Nozzles. Rear & Feminine Cleaning – No wiring required. Simple 20-45 minute installation or less. Hybrid T with ON/OFF Included!

  • NOTE: Please View The Images To The Left to Determine The Best Fit. Only Fits ELONGATED Toilet Models.
  • ADJUSTABLE Soft To Strong Spray. Separate Nozzles For Feminine & Rear Cleansing & Soft Close Seat!
  • DUAL Retractable Self Cleaning Nozzles With Rear Cleaning & Feminine Cleaning.
  • INCLUDES OUR Best Selling Hybrid T-Connector W/ Pressure Control & Shut-off
  • USA BASED Customer Support/Shipping/ With a ONE YEAR REPLACEMENT WARRANTY.

Havasu Nutrition Saw Palmetto Supplement for Prostate Health – Supports Those with Frequent Urination – Supports DHT Blocker and Hair Loss Prevention – Gluten Free, Non-GMO, 100 Capsules

  • PREMIUM INGREDIENTS YOU CAN TRUST - Is your sleep and quality of life disrupted because of the constant need to use the bathroom? Havasu Nutrition's PREMIUM SAW PALMETTO is the solution you've been looking for for your prostate and putting an end to frequent trips to the bathroom! Frequent urination is common as men age but it should not interfere with your daily life or getting a good night sleep! End your frustrations with our potent and extra strength blend!*
  • MAINTAIN HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH - Studies have shown SAW PALMETTO works in the body by maintaining healthy levels of DHT, a primary contributor to male-pattern baldness. Managing healthy DHT levels may also help promote healthy urination and prostate health*
  • SAFELY SUPPORT PROSTATE HEALTH with our extra strength prostate supplement! Our Saw Palmetto pills & the power of the whole berries NATURALLY promote urinary tract and prostate health.* Taken daily, PREMIUM SAW PALMETTO will promote your well-being and vitality.*
  • EXTRA STRENGTH FORMULA! Our team has formulated the perfect blend that is guaranteed to support prostate health. Extra Strength Saw Palmetto capsules contains a 500mg complex of BOTH extract and powder to provide maximum benefits. Our formula contains NO preservatives, chemicals, artificial ingredients, sugars or gluten. PLUS our formula is NON-GMO so you can trust that you are using an all-natural supplement!

Healthy Spirit Disposable Washcloths 250 Count – Adult Wipes Extra Large, Adult Wipes for Incontinence & Cleansing, 8″x12″, 250 Count, White

  • Disposable wash clothes for adults with Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera. Latex free, Alcohol free and Ph balanced.
  • Extra thick and oversized 8 x 12 inches. Ideal wipes for adults.
  • Extra large adult body wipes are ideal for incontinence, bathing and cleansing
  • Dispenser pack keeps these disposable washcloths for adults moist and allows for easy access.
  • Aloe wipes for adults and seniors

HOMCOM Rolling Shower Wheelchair Bath Toilet Commode Bariatric with 24″ Wheels

  • MULTI-USE MOBILITY: Ideal for the elderly or disabled to assist in mobility and transportation throughout a house or hospital. Focusing on comfort, this chair makes showering and self-care more accessible.
  • SHOWER ACCESSIBLE: This FDA certified commode chair features a PU covered surface and aluminum alloy construction making it easy to wheel under a shower. With four waterproof castors and brakes, showering can be safe and hassle-free for anyone.
  • LARGE DETACHABLE BUCKET: Unlike others with a rounded bucket, our upgraded version is equipped with a large rectangle bucket with lid under the seat which can be easily removed for cleaning.
  • EXTRA COMFORT: This medical shower chair with arms comes with a convenient flip away footrest for added comfort. The armrests and seat are padded for added comfort
  • LARGE REAR WHEELS: 2 14" large rear wheels allow the user to move themselves around easily with a hand-brake to control the speed and stop as they may like.