“You should not ignore these problems because without help, they rarely go away and usually get worse over time. They can interfere with work, social activities…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Incontinence Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Bladder Incontinence
  • Bladder Weakness
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Continence
  • Fecal Incontinence (FI)
  • Incontinence
  • Light Bladder Leakage (LBL)
  • Overactive Bladder (OAB)
  • Urinary Incontinence (UI)
  • Wind

Definition

What is incontinence?

DotS the definition of incontinence may vary. The Continence Foundation of Australia’s definition is:

“Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of:

  • Urine (wee) from the bladder – known as urinary incontinence
  • Faeces (poo) or flatus (wind) from the bowel – known as faecal incontinence

Incontinence can range in severity from a small leak to complete loss of bladder or bowel control”.2

Women

In women how common is incontinence?

In Bladder Incontinence: What Is Incontinence? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

“It is a common condition; one in three women who have had a baby, and up to 10% of women who haven’t had a baby, have bladder incontinence”.3

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control?

The Continence Foundation of Australia note:

“Menopause is a time of change in a woman’s life. One of the changes that many women notice is increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control”.4

Symptoms

What are the most common menopause bladder and bowel control symptoms?

In Menopause: Common Symptoms the Continence Foundation of Australia elaborate on:

Incontinence

“During menopause, passing urine frequently and the urgent need to pass urine are the most common incontinence symptoms. Other symptoms include:

  • Leakage of urine with coughs, sneezes, or exercise
  • Leakage of urine on the way to the toilet
  • Getting up one or more times per night to pass urine (nocturia)
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Rushing to the toilet to open bowels
  • Being unable to control wind, and
  • Constipation”.5

Treatment

What may incontinence treatment involve?

In Incontinence Conditions From A – Z the (United States) National Association for Continence elaborate on:

“Most treatment involves a combination of medicine, behavioral modification, pelvic muscle exercises, collection devices, and absorbent products. Despite the high success rates in treating incontinence, only 1 out of every 12 people affected seeks help. Don’t be like those other 11 people”.6

Helpline

May some Countries have a national continence/incontinence Helpline?

Yes. Your Country may have a Helpline similar to the Continence Foundation of Australia’s National Continence Helpline.

Toilet Maps, Cards or Apps

May some Countries have toilet maps, cards or Apps?

Yes. Your Country may have a toilet map similar to Australia’s National Public Toilet Map which:

“As part of the National Continence Program, the Toilet Map provides information on over 19,000 publicly available toilets across Australia, including accessibility, opening hours and facilities, such as showers & baby change”.7

Or your Country may have a card or App similar to the (United Kingdom) Bladder & Bowel Community’s (B&B) Free Just Can’t Wait Toilet Card.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have incontinence?

If you think you have incontinence, it may be in your best interest to talk to your health care provider about this. The Continence Foundation of Australia encourage us to seek help and explain:

“You should not ignore these problems because without help, they rarely go away and usually get worse over time. They can interfere with work, social activities, as well as sexual and personal relationships”.8

In Health After Menopause: Continence the JH also encourage us to seek help and note:

“Incontinence is not something to be embarrassed about; it is a very common problem that you do not have to tolerate. In many cases, it can be improved with pelvic floor physiotherapy by a continence nurse or pelvic floor physiotherapist. See your doctor for an assessment and treatment program”.9

Health Topics A-Z

Where may I find Health Topics related to Incontinence?

In Health Topics A-Z you may find:

Links

Where may I find Links related to Incontinence?

Your Country may have Links similar to:

Sources

Where may I find the Sources quoted?

You may find the Sources quoted at:

Sources

  1. Menopause: Common Symptoms. Last Updated: 31 May 2020. Last Reviewed: 23 March 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/who-it-affects/women/menopause Accessed: 07 August 2020
  2. What Is Incontinence? Last Updated: 31 May 2020. Last Reviewed: 23 March 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/about-continence/understanding-incontinence Accessed: 07 August 2020
  3. Bladder Incontinence: What Is Incontinence? Last Updated: 14 February 2020 | Last Reviewed: 04 August 2018. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/bladder-bowel/bladder-incontinence Accessed: 07 August 2020
  4. Menopause. Last Updated: 31 May 2020. Last Reviewed: 23 March 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/who-it-affects/women/menopause Accessed: 07 August 2020
  5. Menopause: Common Symptoms. Last Updated: 31 May 2020. Last Reviewed: 23 March 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/who-it-affects/women/menopause Accessed: 07 August 2020
  6. Incontinence Conditions From A – Z. National Association for Continence https://www.nafc.org/conditions-overview/ Accessed: 07 August 2020
  7. Welcome To the National Public Toilet Map. National Continence Program https://www.bladderandbowel.org/help-information/just-cant-wait-card/ Accessed: 07 August 2020
  8. Menopause: Common Symptoms. Last Updated: 31 May 2020. Last Reviewed: 23 March 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/who-it-affects/women/menopause Accessed: 07 August 2020
  9. Health After Menopause: Continence. Last Updated: 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/health-after-menopause Accessed: 07 August 2020

Topic Last Updated: 07 August 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 07 August 2020
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