There are different types of bladder continence control problems. You can find information about what these are and why they happen in this section.
Everyone's bladder habits are different but going to the toilet as many as 8 times a day and once at night is within a normal range. Tea, coffee and alcohol are among many fluids that can affect how often you go to the toilet.
What is bladder incontinence?
Bladder incontinence is some degree of uncontrolled leakage of urine. It can range from mild to severe.
For instance, some people find that a few drops escape when they sneeze or cough. Others may get a sudden urge to pee and have to dash for the toilet before an accident happens. And others may be more severely affected and have no control over their bladder function.
For most people bladder incontinence is manageable, treatable or curable.
Who gets bladder incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can affect people who have had a trauma of some kind – possibly because of an accident or surgery. Continence troubles can also impact on those living with chronic disease.
The majority of those who have incontinence or bladder control problems fall into three groups – women who have experienced childbirth, older people, and men who have enlarged prostate.
The Department of Health estimates that almost four million Australians live with urinary incontinence, and around one million have bowel incontinence. 1
No one knows for sure how many people live with bladder incontinence. It's common for people not to seek medical advice out of embarrassment or resignation to the condition.
For example, some women believe bladder problems are an inevitable consequence of childbirth and they should just put up with it. People also tend to think it's a normal part of growing older.
Bladder incontinence is not a normal part of ageing. Nor is it an inevitable consequence of childbirth that should just be tolerated. For most people bladder problems are manageable, treatable or curable.
- Dept of Health and Aging - Continence: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Continence-2