Incontinence Guide

Our guide to incontinence. Independence Australia has the health tips, tricks and advice for your unique needs and requirements with incontinence. 

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View our tips below to help manage incontinence

How can I manage my mental health after a diagnosis of incontinence?

A diagnosis of incontinence issue can trigger several emotions and feelings. If left unchecked, these can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are many strategies that can help you to manage the changes which have occurred to your unique continence needs. 

Quick guide to incontinence

We have taken only the best health tips and tricks from our incontinence guide to help manage your unique continence needs.

Your guide to caring for someone with continence needs

Supporting a family member or friend with continence needs can be confronting. Our professionals have collated a list of help services to assist you in supporting someone with incontinence. 

Link between diabetes and incontinence

There are various indicators to support the link between diabetes and incontinence. Check them out here.

Shop for incontinence supplies

Independence Australia stocks a wide range of supplies for incontinence which we can deliver to your door.

Our online store offers;

  • Free delivery on all orders over $50
  • Australia-wide delivery
  • Discreet packaging

Continence Glossary

Our healthcare professionals explain the common terms associated with continence and incontinence.

Continence Products for Bladder & Bowel Health

Independence Australia’s Continence Pads Fact Sheet

What’s the difference between Continence and Incontinence?

Continence is the ability to control bladder and bowel movements. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control.

What is incontinence?

Incontinence describes any involuntary loss of urine from the bladder, or any faeces or flatus from the bowel and affects men, women and children of all ages, background, and physical ability. People can experience different types of incontinence including stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, functional incontinence, and mixed incontinence.

There are many products that have been developed to help make incontinence manageable including pads, bedding protection equipment, Children’s nappies and accessories, swimwear, and washable products. Identifying which type of incontinence you are experiencing is the first step to finding the right treatment.

Types of incontinence?

Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the most common type of incontinence and can range from an occasional leak when coughing, sneezing, or laughing, to a full loss of bladder functionality. Urinary incontinence can affect people of all ages and is common in pregnant women.

Faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence (previously known as encopresis) describes leakage from the bowel due to involuntary bowel movements. Faecal incontinence can be caused from:

  • Severe diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Medications eg. Antibiotics
  • Nerve disorders
  • Bowel disease eg. Crohn’s disease