Incontinence is Surprisingly Common

What is Incontinence?

According to the Continence Foundation of Australia:

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).

Incontinence is a personal condition that is not often talked about.

We believe there’s no reason to ‘suffer in silence’ any more.

In this article we reveal how common incontinence really is,
and it may surprise you.

How Common Is Incontinence In Australia?

Incontinence may not be regular dinner party conversation. It’s therefore not surprising that it is common for people with incontinence to feel like they’re alone.


A lot of Australians play soccer. Every weekend the playing fields across the country are overrun with soccer teams – boys, girls, adults, kids – even masters teams! During the Football World Cup it was definitely dinner party conversation everywhere.

According to Roy Morgan research over 1.7 million people play soccer in Australia.

Incontinence is a LOT more common than soccer!

Ah, but there are more vegetarians, right? We all know that at almost every dinner party there’s someone who won’t eat meat. It’s such a normal way of life that most good hosts will consider this dietary preference in their menu selection.

According to Wikipedia there are around 2.1 million Australians that identify as vegetarian.

Incontinence is a LOT more common than vegetarianism!

What about left handed people? Roughly 1 in 10 guests will swap their knives and forks around at dinner parties. There are approximately 2.4 million left handed people in Australia.

There are approximately 2.4 million left-handed people in Australia.

Incontinence is a EVEN MORE common than left-handedness!

If you’re still reading this then by now you’re wondering where does this end? We could go all day but here is the punchline...

There are over 4.5 million Australians with incontinence
(urinary, faecal or both)

That’s about as many people as live in all of Queensland! As we are all expected to live longer, this number is expected to rise to around 6.2 million by 2030. (According to the Deloitte study “The economic impact of incontinence in Australia”).

So the next time you’re at a dinner party, we’re not suggesting you raise continence management as a topic of conversation, but take a look around at the left handers, or the vegetarians, or the soccer players and realise...

You're Not Alone


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