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Incontinence - Definition


When the term incontinence is used alone, it generally refers to urinary incontinence. This is the accidental or involuntary loss of urine in the urethra, the urinary channel. However, there is also fecal incontinence which is defined by the accidental or involuntary loss of stool. Urinary incontinence is a urinary disorder that affects two million people in France and mostly women. The frequency of these disorders increases with age and the number of pregnancies. Urinary incontinence may occur exclusively during the course of exercise, or coughing for example, or be a side-effect of the inability to retain the urine when the urge arises. It can have a major psychological impact, but depending on its cause, can sometimes be treated with medication, rehabilitative, or surgical treatment.