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Is it normal to have incontinence after child birth?

While it is common for women to experience incontinence after child birth, it is not normal and can be treated.

Who gets urinary incontinence?

More than 4.8 million Australians experience incontinence with women suffering twice as often as men do. There are many causes of incontinence including neurological problems such as nerve injury and multiple sclerosis, childbirth and aging.

How do you investigate incontinence problems?

Investigations include examination of a urine sample, blood tests, ultrasound of the kidneys, bladder and urethra, cystoscopy ( small camera passed up through the urethra into the bladder ) and urodynamics studies where the pressure in the bladder and the flow of urine can be assessed.

I have seen specialists in the past and was told that I would have to rely on incontinence pads. Are there newer treatments available?

Specialists at the Australian Centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence provide a range of procedural interventions including Botulinum Toxin injections and Sacral Nerve Stimulation. Injection of botulinum toxin into the overactive bladder muscle will relax it and relieve the symptoms of frequency, urgency, nocturia and urinary urge incontinence. The use of sacral nerve stimulation has been widely employed as a treatment for faecal incontinence, however following recent changes in the Medical Benefits Schedule this therapy is now available for patients experiencing urinary incontinence.

Can I get Medicare and Private Health rebates for my treatments?

Medicare and Private Health rebates for eligible patients, apply to all procedures performed at the Australian Centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence.