The personal nature of incontinence and the fact it’s hardly a welcome dinner party topic means it’s rarely spoken of openly. While many may assume incontinence is just a consequence of old age, the reality is there are more than 4.5 million Australians1 with incontinence living in the community and over 40% of those are below the age of 50. Like other chronic conditions, incontinence has many causes meaning it can impact people from all walks of life and all ages, though risk factors are higher for women as both pregnancy and menopause are major contributors to the onset of incontinence.
The taboo nature of talking about our bathroom habits, means that despite these numbers it’s not unusual for people with incontinence to feel like they’re alone often becoming social isolated as they try to minimise the risk of an embarrassing situation. But let’s put those numbers into perspective for a minute….