What is Incontinence ?

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 widespread condition that ranges in severity from ‘just a small leak’ to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. In fact, over 4.8 million Australians have bladder or bowel control problems for a variety of reasons. Incontinence can be treated and managed.  In many cases it can also be cured.

It is a common symptom post childbirth and associated with menopause.


Types of incontinence

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)


  • Urge Incontinence


  • Retention Incontinence


  • Functional Incontinence


  • Faecal Incontinence



Thanks to The Continence Foundation of Australia for this information: