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A preview of World Continence Week 2020
full of activities and content to brighten up your days

#WCW2020

#SneakPeekWCW20

#ContinenceMatters

A preview of World Continence Week 2020 full of activities and content to brighten up your days

#WCW2020

#SneakPeekWCW20

#ContinenceMatters

About us

The World Federation of Incontinence and Pelvic Problems, WFIPP, was established in Rome in 2006.

Our mission is to be the voice of patients worldwide, to unify and connect national (patient) organizations under one global umbrella and to encourage an open public debate in order to dispel the stigmas and taboos surrounding incontinence.

About us

The World Federation of Incontinence and Pelvic Problems, WFIPP, was established in Rome in 2006.

Our mission is to be the voice of patients worldwide, to unify and connect national (patient) organizations under one global umbrella and to encourage an open public debate in order to dispel the stigmas and taboos surrounding incontinence.

Agenda
Sneak Peek WCW 2020

Welcome to World Continence Week 2020! Below you’ll find the agenda for the week. We hope you find this year’s content helpful and entertaining. Please share with family and friends so we can make our voices heard.

Please note that each day new content will be activated so check back daily.

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Welcome

Dear Continence Community, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this 8th edition of World Continence Week (WCW) dedicated to providing a forum and supportive platform for the countless millions around the world who suffer from (urinary and faecal) incontinence.

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Infographics & data

Incontinence is more common than many people realize. Use the following resources to learn statistics around who is affected and some ways to help control an overactive bladder and faecal incontinence.

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Prevalence & general info

The reference below studied the prevalence of incontinence in the developing world, however results varied greatly. A large-scale multinational study is necessary to correctly calculate and improve health policies worldwide.

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Pelvic floor muscles

Maintaining strength in the pelvic floor muscles is one of the best ways to help control your bladder and bowel. Check out these resources from the Continence Foundation of Australia to learn why pelvic floor muscles may become weak or loose and how you can make them stronger.

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Pelvic exercises for beginners

Physical Therapist Michelle Kenway shares tips for identifying your pelvic floor muscles and includes some simple beginner exercises. Her exercises are engaging, easy to follow and great for anyone just starting out with pelvic strengthening.

 

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What is urinary incontinence?

Did you know that urinary incontinence is not a disease but a loss of bladder control? Check out this resource from the Canadian Continence Foundation to learn the facts and myths around urinary incontinence to help identify the best solutions for you.

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Types of urinary incontinence

An important part of treating urinary incontinence is identifying the reason behind it. In the following links, you can find various resources on the main types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence, overactive bladder (OAB), mixed incontinence and functional incontinence.

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Diagnosis and treatment

Early diagnosis can help you get started on finding the treatment that works best for you. Refer to the following resources to learn how your doctor may check if you have incontinence and how you can prepare for your doctor’s visit.

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Testimonials

Incontinence is a manageable condition that affects people of all ages. The following links share real-life testimonials of patients living positively with incontinence.

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Exercises to help incontinence leaks

Start exercising your pelvic floor to help control incontinence leaks. Expert Jane Wake shares a series of quick and easy 5 minute pelvic floor workouts.

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Incontinence and age

Many aspects of ageing can affect bladder control and therefore the risk of incontinence can increase with age. Use these resources to fight back against ageing-related incontinence by practising good habits and exercises to maintain your bladder health.

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Incontinence in children & teens

Did you know that children and teens can also experience incontinence? Approximately 3 to 5% of children between the ages of 5-17 have a problem with daytime wetting and 1 to 3% with soiling. Use the following resources to help children manage their conditions by supporting their emotional health and determining the cause for their incontinence.

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Kegel exercises

Maintaining strength in the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles are some of the first steps to decrease incontinence leaks. These Kegel stability exercises take just 7 minutes and can help manage an overactive bladder.

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Female incontinence

Accounting for 80% of people with incontinence, women often start experiencing bladder control problems after childbirth and menopause. The resources provided discuss some of the specific issues women may face from urinary leakage.

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Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome

Sometimes an overactive bladder is due to infection and inflammation of the bladder. Interstitial Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrome can be diagnosed with the help of a doctor, see the link for more information on the condition and how to help.

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Male incontinece & prostate health

Incontinence can be a taboo topic as only one-third of men with incontinence are openly discussing the issue with their doctor. Learn more about some of the most common problems associated with male incontinence, including practical tips and advice to help manage symptoms.

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Before & after a prostate surgery

Male incontinence can be a side effect of some prostate surgeries, but certain preparation techniques can help. The following guide includes detailed information, exercises and checklists to increase incontinence awareness and reduce complications after prostate surgery.

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Testimonials

Female and male urinary incontinence is a manageable condition, yet many people do not feel comfortable addressing the issue. These real-life testimonials tell numerous stories of men and women overcoming the challenges of urinary incontinence to live positively with this condition.

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What is faecal incontinence?

In this guide, you’ll find general information about faecal leakage including how faecal incontinence is diagnosed and how to make it better through lifestyle changes and treatments in order to improve the quality of life for those suffering from this condition.

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Practical advice for faecal incontinence

The following links share some practical advice on maintenance of faecal control. These resources address issues arising after ostomy surgery, like how to empty your ostomy bag and how to care for your skin with the right products in order to protect and soothe your body.

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Dietary advice

Did you know that incontinence issues can be greatly improved by adjusting what we eat and drink? Have a look at the following resource to see the food and drink you may want to avoid and what food you should consume more of in order to improve your bladder health.

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Testimonials

Faecal incontinence is a manageable condition that affects people of all ages. In this TEDx event, Derick Fage shares how he has found a way to live positively with his condition by overcoming the challenges of faecal incontinence.

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Yoga for pelvic floor

This Yoga with Adriene workshop focuses on strengthening the pelvic floor, the first step towards improving the quality of life of those with incontinence. This session is around 40 minutes long, suited for all levels and includes exercises on how to strengthen, stabilize, soften and build awareness in the pelvic floor.

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Incontinence in social life

Most people choose not to tell their family and friends about their incontinence. These resources touch on the social and emotional sides of incontinence, sharing some practical advice and interventions on how to approach these sensitive conversations.

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Managing incontinence

Incontinence is a manageable condition and with proper exercise, nutrition and care, many sufferers can live positively with this condition. These valuable resources share tips, tricks and exercises to help control symptoms using an all-around approach to treat incontinence.

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Emotions

Incontinence can be linked to stress and other emotional factors, so it’s important to learn techniques to manage our emotions in a healthy manner. These videos share some practical tips on managing your emotions through crying and learning how to remain emotionally mature during difficult situations

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Nutrition and health

Did you know that certain foods can irritate your bladder? Not drinking enough water and eliminating certain foods from your diet can help promote bladder health and control incontinence symptoms. To learn more, check out these links:

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Testimonials

Incontinence affects both those suffering from the condition as well as their loved ones. Learn how bladder leaks can affect personal relationships through warm testimonials that discuss how to deal with incontinence in close physical relationships.

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Bladder diary

Being aware of how your daily habits affect your incontinence can help overcome numerous difficulties associated with the condition. Use this bladder diary to detail your liquid intake and excretion frequency to familiarize yourself with your habits.

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Non-conservative treatment options

When lifestyle changes, Kegel exercises and bladder training are not appropriate or effective, non-invasive options or surgery can be recommended. Read about different treatment options and resources to help to understand the next steps.

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Caregiver resources

Loss of bladder control can be a sensitive topic and addressing it properly can be important for your career. Below are numerous resources and organizations that offer support for carers by helping to ensure the well-being of both patients and themselves.

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Complete incontinence guide

This resource aims to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from incontinence. Throughout this guide, you’ll learn everything there is to know about incontinence: the signs and symptoms; how it’s diagnosed; and, most importantly, how to make it better.

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Conclusion

Message from Mary Lynne Van Poelgeest-Pomfret, WFIPP President:

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Special Thanks

A very special thanks to the ones who allowed us access to their website content for Sneak Peek WCW20:

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