World Continence Week
21st-27th June 2021
Continence is the ability to control your bladder and bowel. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder and bowel control.
Incontinence does not discriminate; it can affect women, men and children of all ages, physical ability and background. Some health conditions and life events can put you at an increased risk of developing either urinary or faecal incontinence.
Some common urinary risk factors include:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Some Medications
A risk factor for faecal incontinence is urinary incontinence. Other risk factors are similar to those of urinary incontinence, but also include:
- Chronic Diarrhoea
Plenty can be done to improve or in some cases cure incontinence. Changes such as adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle, incorporating regular exercise and practicing good toilet habits can all lead to improvements.
Incontinence can significantly impact a person’s quality of life but help is available. If you fall into one of these risk categories or have concerns about bladder or bowel control, please speak with you Doctor.