Overactive Bladder & Fecal Incontinence
Millions of people around the world suffer from urinary and fecal dysfunctions. These conditions have been historically under‐recognized and significantly underserved by the medical community.
Overactive bladder is one of the most common forms of urinary dysfunction, characterized by an urgent need to void, frequent voiding, and incontinence1. This condition is estimated to affect up to 100 million adults in Europe and the United States, of which 1 in 3 experience incontinence episodes2.
Fecal Incontinence is characterized by the involuntary loss of solid or liquid feces. It affects affect over 40 million adults in Europe and the United States, of which 10% report severe symptoms impacting their quality of life3.
Approximately 20 million adults in the United States suffer from dual incontinence, a combination of urinary and fecal incontinence.
Overactive Bladder and Fecal Incontinence symptoms can have a significant negative impact on a person’s psychosocial functioning and quality of life. Patients often restrict their activities and/or develop coping strategies in an attempt to manage the shame and embarrassment associated with their symptoms. Those conditions impose significant financial burdens on individuals, their families, and healthcare organizations.
2 – Milsom, 2000; Stewart, 2003
3 – Whitehead, 2009; Nelson, 2004; NICE