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Incontinence: it's much more than a wee problem

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"Continence Queen" Bev Killick.

"Continence Queen" Bev Killick.

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Bev Killick shows you how to do pelvic floor exercises in public: and nobody will know.

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AFRAID to laugh in public? Dodging exercise classes? Nonchalantly browsing THAT supermarket aisle?

Could it be that you are one of the one-in-three Australians affected by incontinence?

A new report released by the Continence Foundation of Australia shows that incontinence is now faced by more than six million Australians.

And it's no laughing matter that it can cause long-term physical and mental health problems if left untreated.

"Sadly, incontinence is deeply stigmatised and many consider it a taboo topic," said foundation chief executive Rowan Cockerell.

"Individuals will go to great lengths to keep their condition a secret if they are able."

The national survey reveals that the majority of people (62 per cent) never seek professional help, despite evidence that incontinence can be better treated, managed and, in many cases, can even be cured - at any age.

Laugh Without Leaking

During World Continence Week (June 17-23), the foundation is sharing a very important message - Do your pelvic floor exercises daily - through its Laugh Without Leaking awareness campaign.

The campaign is fronted by "The Continence Champion", actor and comedian Bev Killick. Take a look at her tips of how and where to do your pelvic floor exercises - and, really, no one will know!

Incontinence won't get better on its own. Talk to your GP, a continence specialist, pelvic physiotherapist or, for a confidential conversation with a continence nurse advisor, call the free National Continence Helpline, 1800-330-066 or click HERE

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