Thursday Aug 10, 2023

My Incontinence Journey

“This is My Story”

Episode 3 – “My Incontinence Journey”

Podcast category – Health and Fitness

Author – The Continence Foundation of Australia

Podcast Type: Episodic


This episode looks at the male perspective on living with incontinence. Our guest is a man who wrote his story and sent it in to the Foundation. Ian was in his late 50s and began to experience urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence. Ian tells us about his journey which traverses many emotions and frustrations towards mastering his experiences and taking back control of his life.

Opinion Disclaimer: Please note that the views and opinions expressed in these podcast episodes are those of the guests. They do not represent or reflect the official policy or position of the Continence Foundation of Australia. The Foundation does not take responsibility for any ideas expressed during the podcast.


To set the scene, we asked Ian to read a section from his story which describes the impact of an overactive bladder on his life. See below:

“I'm forever on the alert; it's a continual stress. Life and work are constantly distracted and compromised. There are too many conversations that I have dropped out of, suddenly, without explanation. There are too many meetings that do not have my full attention. Reading a book is punctuated not by chapters, but by toilet breaks. I wear dark trousers to camouflage leakage and am certain to carry something, a paper or a jumper, that can casually hide my front. Shopping is a planned exercise with public toilets identified. I do not join excursions for fear of complete embarrassment. And driving a car is risky business. On long trips, I take a change of clothes.”


National Continence Helpline - 1800 33 00 66 - for a free and confidential discussion with a Nurse Continence Specialist. Operates 8am-8pm (AEST/AEDT) Monday to Friday excluding national public holidays. A telephone interpreter service is also available.


 - The Continence Foundation of Australia –

-  Go Against the Flow –

-  Incontinence in Confidence -

The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 22,000 public toilet facilities across Australia. You can access the map at gov.auor by downloading the Toilet Map app available on Google Play or the App store. The National Public Toilet Map provides: 

The location of the nearest public toilet

Details of opening hours, accessibility, parking, and other features


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Host – Nicola Reid

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Logo Designer – Rosa Piciocco

Original Soundtrack - Giuseppe Bono and Dave Stokes - Tortured Tenant

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