Continence is the condition of remaining contained and is used in many different contexts. Medically, and most frequently in lay usage, it refers to having full bladder control. Someone suffering from incontinence is unable to control their bladder although in philosophy incontinence can refer to a lack of self-control. Additionally, continence can be used to refer to someone who is celibate and abstains from sex. Sexual continence can refer to a method of sexual intercourse in which the partners attempt to remain in the plateau phase of the sexual response cycle.