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Incontinence - Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control (LOBC)

Incontinence - Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control (LOBC) is simply when an individual can no longer control elimination. It’s not a disease itself, but it can be a symptom of disease, as well as a side effect of different medications, diet and nutrition habits or lifestyle changes. Millions of people experience incontinence, and with the right products, treatment and information, they overcome its symptoms every day.
The first step toward managing incontinence is visiting your physician and learning about which type of LOBC you’re experiencing, and your options for treatment. For more information about that process, check out this video we created to simplify the different types and their treatments. Once you and your doctor have determined the type of incontinence you are experiencing, you can begin to manage the symptoms and get back to your life. There may be certain lifestyle elements that affect your LOBC, and it’s important to be aware and keep them under consideration.
The Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control (LOBC) or incontinence is a stigmatized, under-reported, under-diagnosed, and under-treated condition that is erroneously thought to be a part of the normal process of aging. In fact, one out of three men and women ages 30-70 experience urinary incontinence at some point and believe that it is a normal part of aging, and only one out of eight Americans experiencing urinary incontinence have been diagnosed. Two out three of those experiencing urinary incontinence do not use any treatment or product to manage incontinence. Women constitute 75-80% of all incontinence sufferers, 9-13 million of whom have had bothersome or severe symptoms. (1,2)
LOBC can be modified and managed with the right products, treatment, and lifestyle changes. Information on healthy bladder and bowel function can help promote the fact that incontinence is not an inevitable part of aging but a symptom of another problem.
We believe in transmitting the information to people so they can learn how to manage their incontinence. Without knowledge, the societal costs of LOBC can be debilitating with even mild symptoms affecting our daily social, sexual, interpersonal and professional functions.
Source: (1) International Continence Society (ICS); (2) National Association for Continence (NAFC)
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