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Incontinence Management

At Brightwell Health our experienced team of GP specialists and gyneacologists are here to help. We treat and manage bladder and bowel control, incontinence and continence issues, at our specialist clinic in Newcastle.

Bladder and bowel control issues are prevalent, affecting over four million Australians who experience regular leakage from these systems, a condition known as incontinence. Many others contend with related problems such as increased frequency of urination and a sense of urgency without leakage, collectively termed continence issues. 

Despite their significant impact on quality of life, embarrassment often prevents individuals from seeking help, leading some to curtail social activities and confine themselves at home. However, there’s no need for isolation, as most individuals can either find relief or effectively manage these challenges, allowing for a normal lifestyle without constant bathroom planning. 

Incontinence and continence problems are widespread, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, cultures, and backgrounds. Contrary to common misconceptions, older individuals are not the sole demographic affected.

Key facts about incontinence include: 

  • One in three women who have given birth experience bladder control issues. 
  • One in five children encounter bedwetting at some point. 
  • One in 100 adults grapple with nighttime bladder control. 
  • One in 20 adults contend with bladder and bowel control problems. 

Fortunately, bladder and bowel control issues are not inevitable consequences of aging. Consulting a doctor to explore treatment and management options is crucial. 

Incontinence and continence problems stem from bladder or bowel dysfunction and serve as indicators that something may be amiss. Weakness in pelvic floor muscles is a frequent culprit, while nerve alterations affecting bladder, bowel, or pelvic floor function can also disrupt control. Additionally, underlying health conditions like diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis may contribute to these challenges. 

Symptoms of bladder control problems may include urinary leakage during coughing, sneezing, or exercise, frequent urination, nighttime awakenings to urinate, and urinary retention issues. Bowel control problems, on the other hand, may manifest as bowel leakage with or without the urge to defecate, urgency to defecate, or difficulty controlling flatulence or bowel movements. 

Various types of incontinence and continence problems exist, including stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, and functional incontinence. Bowel issues may involve diarrhea, constipation, or fecal incontinence, each with distinct causes and management strategies. 

Treatment options for incontinence and continence problems encompass a comprehensive approach tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. These may include lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes, fluid intake management, pelvic floor exercises, bladder retraining, medication, or the use of incontinence aids. 

Preventive measures can help maintain bladder and bowel health and reduce the risk of incontinence and continence problems. Recommendations include staying adequately hydrated, consuming a high-fiber diet, exercising regularly, and practicing good toilet habits, such as responding promptly to urges and ensuring complete bladder and bowel emptying. 

To find out more, or for help with incontinence issues, book an appointment with our GP specialists at Brightwell Health Newcastle.