No reason to suffer in silence
INCONTINENCE doesn’t discriminate, affecting one in four Australians of all ages and genders.
It has a massive impact on quality of life — so why is it such a taboo subject?
The stigma of bowel, bladder and pelvic floor problems often prevents us from talking about them and taking action.
This week is World Continence Week. It is time to spread the good news that we don’t have to suffer in silence.
Bladder, bowel and pelvic floor problems can be treated, managed and in some cases, even cured. Unfortunately we see advertisements on television that make us think that incontinence is a normal part of ageing, but this is not true.
For some members of our community incontinence can lead to fear, anger, shame, anxiety and social isolation.
It is an embarrassing subject that nobody wants to talk about, but help is closer than you may realise.
The Community Continence Service, with a clinic located at the New Norfolk Community Health Centre, offers free help for people with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor problems.
The clinical team includes nurses and physiotherapists with special interest and training in managing these issues. It is a free service you can access by calling 6282 0760.
If you leak when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze; need to get to a toilet in a hurry or don’t make it there in time; have an urge to constantly go to the toilet; find it difficult to empty your bowel or bladder; are pregnant or have had kids or regularly suffer from constipation, you may benefit from a visit to this confidential service.
Bladder, bowel and pelvic floor problems will not get better on their own. They will never be cured if they remain a hidden, silent and embarrassing topic!
Stacey Aldous is owner of Freedom Health & Wellness.