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Incontinence Self-assessment Questionnaire

Do you:

- Leak or wet yourself when you cough, laugh or sneeze?

- Leak or wet yourself when you lift something heavy?

- Leak or wet yourself when you play sport?

- Sometimes wear pads to absorb urine, or ‘just in case’?

- Often have to rush to use the toilet?

- Sometimes not make it to the toilet in time?

- Ever worry you might lose control of your bladder?

- Wake up more than once during the night to use the toilet?

- Plan your day around the nearest toilet?

- Sometimes feel your bladder is not quite empty?

- Leak or wet yourself when you stand up?

- Leak or wet yourself as you get out of bed?

- Dribble urine after going to the toilet?

- Have a urine stream that stops and starts?

- Wet the bed?

If you said YES to any of these questions, you may have a bladder control problem.

According to continence.org in Australia one in three women, one in ten men and one in five children have a bladder control problem. Whilst women and older people are the most likely to be affected, people of all ages can have poor bladder control.

There are lots of resources available that can help guide you through the process of managing incontinence. Funding is also available through The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS), which is an Australian Government Scheme that provides a payment to eligible people to assist with some of the costs of their continence products. If you have permanent and severe incontinence and you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 5 years of age or older you may be eligible for CAPS.

For more information visit http://www.bladderbowel.gov.au/caps/capsfaq.htm

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