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Common Incontinence Terms

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
05/11/17  3:10 PM PST
Common Incontinence Terms

It is important that patients and providers be well versed in incontinence terms to help discussions progress easily. Below is a list of common terms related to incontinence:

  • Anticholinergic agents: Drugs that can cause or contribute to incontinence by inducing constipation and thus impaction of stool with chronic retention of urine
  • Bladder retraining: Bladder training is an education program that teaches the person to restore a normal pattern of voiding by setting scheduled voidings to achieve longer time intervals between voiding
  • Continence: The ability to exercise voluntary control over the urge to urinate until an appropriate time and place can be found
  • Diuretic: An agent that promotes the excretion of urine
  • Enuresis: The involuntary loss of urine during sleep
  • Gastroenterologist: A physician who specializes in problems of the intestinal system
  • Geriatrician: A physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating the health disorders of older people
  • Nocturia: Excessive urination at night, or awakening at night by the need to void
  • Sphincter: A ring-like band of muscle fibers that closes a natural opening. Tightening the urethral sphincter controls the urge to urinate
  • Urgency: An intense desire to void immediately

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