Diagnosis, Remedies & Symptoms of Urinary & Bowel Incontinence

New!Looking for Clinical Preceptors for the CAET ETNEP Continence Education Module

World Continence Week 21016

The Canadian Continence Foundation recognizes that there is inequitable access to knowledgeable and skilled health professionals for the person living with incontinence issues in Canada. Although patients could benefit from a broad range of professionals, the number of these health professionals does not adequately service this need.

An Enterostomal Therapy Nurse is a Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in the tri-specialty of wound, ostomy and continence care. ETNs can be found in all care environments working with interdisciplinary teams to provide specialized holistic assessment and management to meet the needs of individuals with ostomies, acute and chronic wounds and urinary and fecal continence problems.

The Canadian Nurses Association recognizes ET Nurses as “Nursing Specialists” in all three domains of wound, ostomy and continence.

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) owns and operates the CAET Academy which runs a specialized ET Nurse Education program. Nurses graduating from the CAET Program have completed 120 hours of Continence theory and 75 hours of clinical practice in Continence management.

To provide a broad range of clinical placements for ET Nursing students that incorporate experiences from many different health providers, The CAET ET Nurse Education Program has need of clinical mentors.

If you are a health professional working in a clinical setting that includes continence assessment and or management (clinic, home care, assessment lab, surgery) and you would like to learn how you could support the development of increased professional resources to patients experiencing incontinence, by ensuring an adequate supply of knowledgeable and skilled health professionals, or you would be willing to mentor an ET Nurse student please contact The CAET Academy Preceptor Coordinator Nicole Denis at preceptor at caetacademy dot ca.

New!World Continence Week | June 20-26

World Continence Week 21016

The World Federation of Incontinent Patients, (WFIP), hosts and organizes World Continence Week (WCW), (formerly an ICS initiative). It is an annual event with the primary aim to raise awareness about incontinence related issues. WCW was initiated at ICS 2008 in Cairo with the first ever World Continence Day. This became World Continence Week (WCW) in June 2009 with activities being developed worldwide.

Vision of World Continence Week

  • Globally facilitate continence awareness and promotion to improve health, wellness and quality of life.
  • Provide a reputable forum for those seeking information on Continence Promotion and therapies.
  • Create a worldwide network of events and organisations that will be recognised as leading authorities of Continence and Bladder and Bowel Health information.
  • Further establish Continence Awareness and promote a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.
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New!ICS 2016 - Tokyo

International Continence Society Annual Meeting 2016

Discover the ICS

The ICS Annual Meeting remains today as one of the most valued dates in the urological, gynaecological, physiotherapy and nursing calendar with its unique and multi-disciplinary focus on continence, attracting in excess of 2500 delegates from all corners of the globe.

Join us this September for four days of exciting sessions by world renowned experts, round tables discussions and educational workshops all combined to make the ICS Annual Meeting the premier scientific event for continence professionals.

Register Now

Register now to take part in the ICS 2016 Annual Meeting. The ICS offers travel grants to eligible abstract submitters. Sign up to be kept informed and we look forward to seeing you in Tokyo!


Early Bird Registration Deadline: Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The inclusion of continence products within the Priority Assistive Products List (APL), has been attained!

Jacqueline CahillThe WHO held a consensus meeting in Geneva in March 2016 to finalize the list, with over 70 participants representing all sectors of assistive technology and all regions.

Jacqueline Cahill made a presentation about the need for continence products and after discussion, absorbent products have been included in the final Priority Assistive Products list.

The inclusion of absorbent products on the list will have a big impact on many people who use/need them. The APL will be launched on May 24th during 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

What is the significance? Inclusion on the APL is precedence setting and will begin the conversation with governments and policy makers on the reimbursement issue.

Click here for more information on the WHO Priority Assistive Products List

Photo from WHO
Photo from WHO

The How to Health Guide - 2016

The "How To" Health Guide was developed to assist patients, caregivers, friends and families in managing information about the Canadian health care system, which can often be challenging to navigate. The Guide provides basic information about how to speak to those working within the system on a range of issues, including how to:

  • Understand the health care system
  • Find the information and services you need
  • Review and Evaluate the information you find
  • Talk with your doctor or health care provider
  • Ask for a second opinion
  • Manage your condition
  • Pay for your medication
  • Participate in a clinical trial
  • Advocate and ask for the support you need

Read the full guide here: The How to Health Guide - 2016

Please help us improve care for patients with overactive bladder!

ICHOMWe are working with ICHOM, the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement, to develop a set of measures for evaluating the care of patients with overactive bladder. After speaking to doctors, researchers, and patients around the world, ICHOM has developed a short list of the most important outcomes of care for OAB. But, they’d like to check their ideas with you.

Please take 5 - 10 minutes to provide your feedback via this simple questionnaire. Your responses are anonymous and private. No personal or identifying information will be collected.

You can find the anonymous, secure patient survey here: hbs.qualtrics.com

If you have any questions while completing the survey, please contact Stephanie Wissig: s dot wissig at ichom dot org. You can learn more about ICHOM at www.ichom.org

Thank you for your time!

You're Invited!


Join us for the BConnected Social Blowout Party benefiting the Canadian Continence Foundation on Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from 8 pm to 11 pm at the Marriott Courtyard Ottawa in the Byward Market!

We will have the pleasure of having Derick Fage as our host for the evening!

Admission to the Party is included in the 2 day BConnected Conference pass, but others can also purchase a ticket for only $35 to attend this amazing evening!

  • DJ by Quality Entertainment
  • Candy Bar
  • Selfie Booth
  • Silent Auction
  • Cash Bar
  • Pole Fitness Demonstration by Ottawa Pole Fitness
  • and More Surprises!

Click here to purchase your ticket!

Toronto Campaign Featuring The Canadian Continence Foundation’s Champion Derick Fage

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Over the next month Horizon Travel Magazine will be featuring, The Canadian Continence Foundation's Champion Derick, and his story in their print magazine, on the huge screen in Dundas square Toronto, and digital panels in Toronto’s underground PATH walkway system. Keep your eyes peeled!

Click here to view a short video and here to read the article.

Bladder and Bowel Problems in People Living
with Dementia

A new continence fact sheet from the Canadian Continence Foundation.

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Bladder, and to a lesser extent, bowel problems are more common as we get older, however, the combination of incontinence and illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease can make these problems more difficult to cope with.

The Canadian Continence Foundation has just released a new, in-depth fact sheet which dives into this difficult subject and outlines tips and strategies to help individuals and partners manage the situation.

Read the full fact sheet here.

Canadian Continence Foundation attracts MyLiberty.Life as new partner

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November 17, 2015 – Today, MyLiberty.Life, Canada’s dynamic online store became the newest partner for the Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF). As part of its effort to build reliable relationships and support Canadians worried about incontinence, the TCCF is pleased that MyLiberty.Life will bring a modern and private shopping experience to people needing appropriate products.

There are 3.5 million people, by conservative estimates, that live with urinary incontinence alone in Canada. According to Jacqueline Cahill, Executive Director, people with incontinence face embarrassment and social stigma, negatively impacting their quality of life and potentially leading to depression and feelings of isolation. “With its fresh approach, MyLiberty.Life encourages people with incontinence to confidently enjoy their normal activities.”

MyLiberty.Life is founded by three women who recognize the embarrassment of our inability “to hold it anymore”. According to President, Cindy Clegg, “while facing aging, stress, medical issues from childbirth to surgery to illness – we all want to keep our comfort and dignity.”

Ms. Clegg says the new online store supports the educational work of the TCCF with a donation from every customer purchase. MyLiberty.Life is an easy experience for buying a variety of adult continence products over the internet that provides discreet, affordable options. For the first time, buyers can eliminate the guesswork and compare products based on the Total Absorbency Protection or TAP chart. “With a ‘no leaks, no limits’ approach, we offer the freedom – the liberty – to keep doing what you like to do”.

The Canadian Continence Foundation has a wealth of information to share with people experiencing bladder and bowel leaks. It believes in providing hope and solutions to improve the quality of life for people experiencing incontinence by helping, them and/or their caregivers, to confidently seek and access cures and treatment options.

For further information:
Cindy Clegg
(613) 832-4396

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Derek Griffiths

Canadian and past TCCF President Derek Griffiths, receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Continence Society Annual meeting. Watch the full interview below.

Daytime TV host and TCCF Champion, Derick Fage, gets "real" telling about his life with fecal incontinence

Derick Fage is the Host and Producer of Daytime on Rogers TV in Ottawa. In this interview, Derick gets very personal about a medical condition he was born with that resulted in him living with incontinence. Learn how having the support of family and "everyday heroes" allowed him to overcome bullying and to go on to live the life of his dreams.

Learn about bladder health
and the causes of incontinence

Incontinence means losing or leaking urine when you don't want to! As many as 3.3 million Canadians - nearly 10% of the population - experience some form of urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, very few people talk to their doctor about their bladder problems or bladder weakness symptoms. According to the Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey, 16% of men and 33% of women over the age of 40 have symptoms of urinary incontinence but only 26% have discussed with their doctor.

This website is full of useful information and tips on bladder health and control, and how to manage incontinence. You can learn about urinary incontinence, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of bladder problems. We also have sections dedicated to fecal incontinence, bowel control and men's prostate health. We can also help you find a health care professional in your area, who has expertise in treating incontinence.

You may have incontinence if you...

  • Have bedwetting accidents
  • Losing or leaking urine when you don't want to
  • Have to go urgently, or can't make it to the toilet in time
  • Leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze or lift something heavy
  • Rely on disposable pads, adult diapers or anything else to absorb urine
  • Find yourself limiting your activities because you're afraid of having an "accident"

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