Incontinence affects a quarter of us, as AUA’s Dr Karen McKertich confirms in ABC News

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Dr Karen McKertich

Dr Karen McKertich has featured in an ABC News article detailing the impacts on lives that incontinence leaves in its wake.

That’s a lot of lives.

Did you know? 25% of Australians over 15 years of age (that’s 5 million of us) suffer incontinence, a condition defined as the inability to control the flow of urine.

Incontinence encompasses lack of both bladder and bowel control with urine leakage commonly occurring from activities that put pressure on the bladder, such as sneezing, heavy lifting or exercise.

It also includes other tangents, such as the inability to empty the bladder completely.

When understanding incontinence, it’s easy to realise its impact

“Many people suffering from incontinence find that their life is severely restricted by the condition,” confirms Dr Karen McKertich.

Incontinence can be humiliating and stressful, and sadly cause sufferers to alter their daily lives or completely avoid situations — work and social events being primary examples.

Then there’s the list of health impacts that come with incontinence.

These include rashes and infections, urinary tract problems and even kidney failure.

Luckily, there’s plenty of help available—for those who want it

In 2021, the Continence Foundation of Australia found that a huge 78% of people with the condition were not discussing incontinence with their family or GP.

“Often the biggest barriers to people seeking help are the sense of shame about the problem…” Dr McKertich explains.

Find the full ABC News story here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with or suffering from incontinence, get in touch with our team. There are many effective treatments available.