We rarely hear people speak about incontinence. But the condition, the involuntary loss of urine or faecal matter, is frighteningly common. Which begs the question, why are we not having open discussions?

Incontinence does not discriminate. It brings profound personal and socio-economic consequences around the world regardless of where you stand on the income spectrum. Best estimates reveal that about 8% of adults experience faecal incontinence, increasing to 15% for those over 70 years. Urinary incontinence is even more common, affecting approximately 24% of men and 53% of women (the condition is more prevalent in women due to strong causative links with childbirth). It is also equally prevalent in lower income countries.

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