Incontinence is an umbrella term that refers to a lack of control over either defecation or urinary function. When it involves defecation (i.e. an involuntary loss of bowel contents) it is described as fecal incontinence. There are many possible reasons for this condition. It is most commonly a result of injury during childbirth, complications from surgery, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.
Urinary incontinence involves an uncontrolled leakage of urine . This is actually a quite common problem, especially among those in the geriatric stage of life. However, it can also occur among children (bed wetting). The primary risk factors for the condition among adults at working ages are pelvic surgery, childbirth and/or pregnancy and menopause.