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:



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