Approximately 1.1 million people in New Zealand have some form of incontinence. It is expected that this number per year will grow tremendously over the next 40 years. Both men and women of all ages can suffer from bladder problems, unfortunately it appears it is still a taboo and not discussed openly like it should be, especially considering the amount of people who experience symptoms. You really are not alone...

Normal patterns of passing urine are difficult to define and vary from person to person. It is generally accepted that most adults will pass urine at 3-5 hour intervals throughout the day.

Types of urinary incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence

Involuntary leakage (of urine) on effort or exertion, or on sneezing or coughing.

Urge Urinary Incontinence

Involuntary leakage (of urine) accompanied by or immediately proceeded by urgency.

Mixed Urinary Incontinence

Involuntary leakage (of urine) associated with urgency and also with exertion, effort, sneezing or coughing.

Overflow Incontinence

Causes chronic urinary retention - symptoms are likely to be similar to stress and urge incontinence, plus a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.

Functional incontinence

Factors which can affect the person’s ability to reach the toilet in time, e.g. poor mobility, dexterity problems and environmental factors e.g. toilet inaccessible.

Passive/Reflex Incontinence

Passing urine without warning.