World Continence Week 2021 takes place 21 – 27 June “to raise awareness of bladder weakness, pelvic pain and other debilitating conditions”.

World Continence Week 2021

What is World Continence Week 2021?

On page two in World Continence Week 2021: Welcome – Webinar Programme: About World Continence Week the World Federation of Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP) elaborate on:

“World Continence Week 2021 is an annual ‘stand alone’ campaign by WFIPP designed to raise awareness of all forms of incontinence (bladder and bowel) in every demographic – from infants to the elderly”.


What is incontinence?

In About Incontinence: Understanding Incontinence – What Is Incontinence? the Continence Foundation of Australia’s (CFA) explain:

“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”.


Can menopause impact bladder and bowel control?

In Women: Menopause – Menopause and Incontinence the CFA elaborate on:

World Continence Week 2021 and Menopause“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”…

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May keeping a bladder or bowel diary be helpful?

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 National 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: 28 June 2021 – Last Revised: 01 June 2021
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