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What is Incontinence?

What is Incontinence?

Incontinence is not a disease, but a symptom. It is defined as a condition, where a person experiences involuntary urination or bowel movements to an extent that affects the person's social life in a negative way.

Urinary incontinence means losing control of the bladder. In some cases it results in a total loss of the bladder’s contents and in other cases, it merely causes a small leakage.

There are many causes of urinary incontinence such as physical damage, ageing, cancer and infections. Some conditions are temporary, while others are more permanent.


Urinary incontinence is common and can range from the occasional leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise, to the complete inability to control your bladder. In many cases, urinary incontinence can be treated, better managed and even cured. It is important to talk to your doctor or a continence professional about your symptoms.


  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking and excessive intake of fluids
  • Prescribed medication (mostly blood pressure medication, muscle relaxants, sedatives and some heart disease medication)
  • Conditions such as constipation (can increase the need to urinate, because the compacted stool makes the nerves in charge of the bladder overactive).


  • Ageing
  • Damage to the pelvic floor muscles
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Prostate/bladder cancer

The above are only examples. Always seek diagnosis and treatment advice from your General Practitioner if you experience incontinence.


Abena offers a wide range of incontinence pads to help with continence management and improve the quality of life for those who live with these symptoms.

Our incontinence supplies cover everything from incontinence pads in numerous sizes and shapes to bed protection products such as absorbent under pads and protective sheets. We even have specialised products like faecal incontinence pads, gender specific products such as male incontinence pads shaped for the male anatomy and junior products.

At Vital Living, we are proud to offer a wide assortment of incontinence products for both men and women of all ages and stages, with a range that includes both reusable and disposable products that are comfortable, easy to use and will help make incontinence manageable, discrete and far less stressful.

Browse our range continence products online, then Click & Collect in-store to save some time! Or pop in to visit our friendly, knowledgeable staff at our Port Macquarie, Forster, Taree or Kempsey Showrooms and they can answer any questions you may have about our range of incontinence products and if you can't make it in store, feel free to call us on 1300 617 930 or try this product selector.