The term Incontinence describes involuntary loss of or accidental urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or wind from the bowel, faeces or bowel motion (faecal or bowel incontinence). The severity of this widespread condition can range from a small leak to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. Pelvic floor strengthening exercises can improve and often cure the symptoms.
Who it affects:
Incontinence affects 21% of the Australian community population with either urinary or faecal incontinence and aged anywhere from 15 years and over. The residential aged care population has almost 70% of sufferers. 80% of people with urinary incontinence are women and over half of them are under the age of 50.
Urinary Incontinence affects up to 13% of Australian men and up to 37% of Australian women however it has been found that nearly 70% of these women and men who visit the doctor or health care professional don’t discuss having incontinence, when the information is available to them to manage or even cure the symptoms. One in three women who have had a baby suffer from urinary incontinence.
Studies have shown that Faecal Incontinence affects up to 20% of Australian Men and 13% of Australian Women and is one of the three major causes of admittance to a residential aged care facility.