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About Incontinence

Background Information

Check out some of the videos and perspectives we have collected from different people around the topic of incontinence

Some Incontinence Facts

Faecal Incontinence (FI) is defined as the inability to fully control the passage of faeces through the anus

  • to a weakened anal sphincter muscle (typically following child birth),
  • problems with nerve supply (e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis),
  • in association with other gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome)

 54% of patients with FI have not discussed their symptoms with a physician,


 Only 25% of patients with FI are referred by their GP for specialist treatment


Estimated around 10% of the adult population have FI


Estimated between 0.5% and 1% of people under 65 have FI


Estimated between 3% and 8% of people over 65 experience regular FI

Urinary Incontinence (UI) is defined as involuntary leakage of urine, UI presents a major burden on NHS resources

It is a common and distressing condition, which impacts of quality of life. The main forms of UI are

  • stress incontinence (SUI), which is leakage with physical exertion
  • urge incontinence (UUI), which is leakage with a strong desire to void.
  • Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of SUI and UUI

The prevalence of UI increases with age and is higher in institutionalised adults, who tend to be older and suffer associated co-morbidity.


Prevalence rates of UI ranging from 4.5% to 53% in women


Prevalence rates of UI ranging from 1.5% and 24% in men

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