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What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence, the involuntary leakage of urine, is a common condition that affects a significant percentage of Australians at some stage in their lives. It’s more prevalent as people age, but it’s not an inevitable part of ageing and can be addressed effectively. Understanding that you’re not alone and that incontinence can often be treated and managed is an important first step towards improving your quality of life.

Treatments can include lifestyle and dietary modifications, pelvic floor exercises, medication, or in some cases, referral for specialist treatment. Your HelloGP doctor can also provide education and support to help you manage your condition effectively and improve your quality of life. Our team is here to support you with understanding and expertise, helping you regain control and confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Urinary incontinence can result from various factors, including age, childbirth, urinary tract infections, obesity, and certain medical conditions. Identifying the underlying cause is crucial for effective management.

While urinary incontinence becomes more common with age, it is not considered a normal or inevitable part of the aging process. Many treatment options are available to improve or resolve incontinence issues.

Managing urinary incontinence involves lifestyle changes, pelvic floor exercises, and bladder training.

Your HelloGP doctor can recommend specific strategies and may suggest medications or medical devices if necessary.

If urinary incontinence is affecting your quality of life, causing discomfort, or worsening over time, it’s advisable to seek medical help.

HelloGP doctors can assess your condition and develop a tailored treatment plan to address your specific needs.

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