World Continence Week promotes bladder and bowel health. More than 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. Does bladder leakage stop you doing you doing the things you love: playing with your children or grandchildren, socialising with friends or exercising? Bladder leakage – no matter how light or how common – is not normal and most cases can be cured or better managed. So get your confidence back by speaking with one of our friendly doctors at the Summerdale Medical Practice.
A recent survey conducted by the Continence Foundation revealed that 85 per cent of women with incontinence simply laugh it off, so it’s no surprise this year’s World Continence Week campaign,Incontinence: No laughing matter, urges Australians to take the subject more seriously.
Incontinence can effect both men and women at any age and can cause depression.
Urinary incontinence occurs more commonly in woman. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause may contribute to urinary incontinence. Weak bladder muscles, over reactive bladder muscles, and nerve damage may also cause urinary incontinence.
Faecal incontinence occurs mostly due to nerve damage. Nerve damage can be caused by childbirth, constant straining during bowel movements, spinal cord injury or stroke.
If you are affect by incontinence, there is a free National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66) for advice or information on local continence services, or to go to https://www.continence.org.au for more information.
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