Is the fear of bladder or bowel leakage keeping you from a social life with friends and family?
If “yes” is your answer you are certainly not alone.
It is not easy to talk about incontinence, this is why most men and women wait an average of 6 years before seeking help. Incontinence is a problem that will not get better over time without intervention.
Did you know?
More than 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems.
Incontinence affects both men and women, regardless of your age or background.
Incontinence can be treated, managed and in many cases cured.
Incontinence is not a normal part of the aging process, or something you have to live with.
Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?
Urinating too frequently?
Usually need to get up more than once during the night to urinate
Urgency to pass urine with leakage
Sometimes leak urine when laughing , coughing, sneezing or lifting
Poor flow (stop, start. Unable to empty bladder)
Unable to empty your bladder, leak when you think you have finished
Did you answer “Yes” to one or more of these questions? Then it may be time to act and seek medical advice. Whether you are male or female, your doctor or a qualified Continence Nurse will be able to discuss a program that is suitable to your needs.
Take the first step
Talk to your doctor. They will need to assess what type of incontinence you may be experiencing, before they will be able to advise you appropriately.
There are 4 main types of incontinence:
Stress Incontinence: If you cough, laugh, sneeze or exercise this will cause leakage.
Urge: Strong urge to pass with frequent small amount of urine with occasional leakage.
Mixed incontinence: Strong urge to pass urine with frequent visits to the toilet but often leak on the way to the toilet.
Overflow: Inability to completely empty bladder, leaks away without knowing.
At Toukley Family Practice, we run a unique Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Clinic.
Our doctors and continence nurses will advise what suitable program will benefit your continence needs.
This may include:
Pelvic floor exercise program
Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS)Financial assistance
Our innovative Neo control pelvic floor exerciser. A non-invasive tool to improve pelvic floor muscles
This is a revolutionary therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Our Neo control chair creates a pain free magnetic pulsation field which induces pelvic floor muscle contractions – this builds strength back to weakened pelvic floor muscles. While you comfortably sit, the chair exercises for you. This treatment is pain free and non-invasive.
Shirley is a 70-year-old lady with urinary incontinence. After menopause Shirley noticed some mild symptoms of urgency which gradually progressed to stress incontinence (leakage). This problem became worse until Shirley was now having daily soaked pads.
As a result of Shirley’s incontinence she would note where all the toilets were while away from home. This developed the habit of many ‘just in case’ visits to the toilet. Shirley’s continence problem became debilitating. She decided to see her doctor who referred her to our continence clinic at Toukley Family Practice. Shirley was assessed by our continence nurses for a suitable program. This was implemented to assist with her continence needs. Today Shirley is dry and living a full life.
This can be you!
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Article provided by
Debra Felsch - Continence Nurse at Toukley Medical Practice