Total incontinence is the continuous and total loss of urinary
One cause of total incontinence in women is neurogenic bladder, an
involuntary contraction of the bladder that forces the release of urine. Total
incontinence can also be caused by a vesicovaginal
fistula, an abnormal connection between the urinary
tract and the vagina. Spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and other
disorders that affect nerve function can also lead to total
Total incontinence is usually treated by using a thin tube
(catheter) to empty the bladder regularly. This is called intermittent
Absorbent products such as pads or disposable underwear are usually
used when other methods of treating incontinence have failed or cannot be used.
These methods do not treat the incontinence but may make it possible to manage
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