Incontinence is not a disease, but a symptom. It is defined as a condition, where a person experiences involuntary urination or bowel movements to an extent that affects the person's social life in a negative way.
Incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine or bowel motion at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate place. The amount can vary from slight to copious. It is important to remember that incontinence is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying disorder.
Incontinence is Common
Incontinence is a bigger problem than most people realise. In fact, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 9 men will suffer with incontinence at some point in their lives. Approximately 20% of women over the age of 40 have some degree of urinary incontinence.
Unfortunately, incontinence is still considered to be a taboo subject with many individuals suffering in silence without getting any help and it is estimated that there are 16 million people in the UK that suffer with incontinence.
The risk of becoming incontinent increases with age, but 70% of people with symptoms of incontinence can be cured or greatly improved with the help of a medical professional.
For further advice or information regarding incontinence issues contact:
Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestly Road, Wardley Industrial Estate, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2LY
Helpline: 0161 607 8219
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Helpline: 0845 370 8008
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Bladder & Bowel Community
7 The Court, Holywell Business Park, Southam, CV47 0FS
Medical Helpline: 0800 031 5412
General Enquiries: 01926 357 220
The Cystitis & Overactive Bladder Foundation (COB Foundation)
Kings Court, 17 School Road, Birmingham, B28 8JG
Helpline: 0121 702 0820