World Continence Week

‘Laugh without Leaking’ is the theme for this year’s World Continence Week.

We know that for the majority of more than six million Australians who suffer debilitating bladder and bowel incontinence, their leakages can be helped or even cured.

Over 80% of those who report incontinence are women, particularly those who have had a baby. Bladder, bowel and pelvic health problems are incorrectly perceived as a normal part of motherhood or ageing. This is a myth. It is common but NOT normal and more than half of these women are under the age of 50.

Strong pelvic floor muscles are vital for bladder and bowel control, as well as good sexual function, but most people never exercise them correctly … and some don’t even know they have them!

The ‘Laugh Without Leaking’ national awareness campaign uses humour to break down barriers for this serious, stigmatised health condition and urges people of all ages and genders to make a simple change to your life for the better.

Make pelvic floor exercises a daily habit. It could be both the prevention and cure for embarrassing leakages for which 1 in 3 adult Australians unnecessarily suffer in silence.

For more information please head to: https://www.continence.org.au/

Click here for information on Monash Health’s Continence Service.