World Continence Week 2020 takes place 15 – 21 June “to raise awareness of bladder weakness, pelvic pain and other debilitating conditions”.

World Continence Week 2020

What is World Continence Week 2020?

In World Continence Week 2019 the World Federation of Incontinence Patients (WFIP) elaborate on:

“World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative devised and managed by WFIP, with the approval of the International Continence Society. It is a global initiative intended to raise awareness of bladder weakness, pelvic pain and other debilitating conditions which impact greatly on the lives of patients and carers”.


What is incontinence?

In The Facts: What Is Incontinence? the Continence Foundation of Australia’s (CFA) definition is:

“Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence)”.


Can menopause impact bladder and bowel control?

In Menopause: Menopause and Bladder and Bowel Control the CFA elaborate on:

World Continence Week“There are a few ways that menopause can impact your bladder and bowel control. These include:

  1. Weak pelvic floor muscles…
  2. A less elastic bladder…
  3. Vaginal dryness…
  4. Weight gain…
  5. Other health problems…
  6. Hysterectomy…
  7. Anal trauma / surgery”…

DiaryMenopause Bladder and Bowel Control Problems

May keeping a bladder or bowel diary be helpful?

Yes. In Talking To Your Doctor the (United States) National Association for Continence elaborate on:

“By keeping a bladder or bowel diary, you are not only educating and informing yourself, you are assuming responsibility for playing a role in getting diagnosed correctly”.


May some Countries have a national continence/incontinence Helpline?

Yes. Your Country may have a Helpline similar to the CFA’s Continence Helpline.

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What if I would like help with incontinence?

In Health After Menopause: Incontinence the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health encourage us to seek help:

“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”.

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Last Updated: 10 January 2021 – Last Revised: 15 June 2020
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