Incontinence can be a life-limiting condition, but it can be treated. Check out these resources, then talk to your doctor if you experience incontinence.
The Simon Foundation for Continence
(800) 23 SIMON (237-4666)
The nonprofit Simon Foundation is dedicated to helping people cope with incontinence by educating them about cure, treatment, and management techniques, while also sensitizing health-care professionals to these issues. The foundation sells books, CDs, and videos that address these topics.
National Association for Continence
(800) BLADDER (252-3337)
The National Association for Continence is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence through education, advocacy, and support to the public and to health professionals. Consumer education brochures about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence are available, as are videos, audiotapes, books, newsletters, telephone information services, a guide to products and services for incontinence, and referrals to continence specialists.
UCSF Women’s Continence Center
2356 Sutter Street, 5th floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
(877) DONT LEAK (366-8532)
The UCSF Women’s Continence Center offers care to women experiencing urinary or fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. While their clinical services may only be practically accessible to women living in or able to travel to the San Francisco area, their Web site has useful information on the forms of incontinence, including their causes and treatments.