Talking to parents, family members and/or guardians
People closest to you may already be aware of any bladder and bowel control issues you’re having. They may be supporting you as you manage your issues, but if not, talking to them can be a really important first step.
Talking to friends
Talking to your friends about your bowel or bladder health might be scary, but talking to friends you trust can help make you feel less alone. If you're not ready to tell them or you’d prefer they didn't know, that's fine too. If you do talk to friends about it, make it clear if you don’t want them to tell anybody else.
Talking to teachers
Sometimes it might be important for your teachers to know that you’re experiencing some bladder or bowel control issues. They can have your back, let you go to the toilet whenever you want, and better support you while you’re at school. If you don’t want to talk to your teachers yourself you can always ask your parents or other trusted adults to talk to them for you.
How should I start a conversation about incontinence?
Try to remember that you aren’t the only person your age experiencing incontinence – there’s another 50,000 Australians like you with similar bladder or bowel concerns.
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