Simply put, incontinence is a loss of bladder or bowel control. The National Association for Continence estimates that as many as 25 million Americans are affected by bladder or bowel control problems. Yet, many of these people suffer in silence, too embarrassed to tell anyone—even a physician.

Because incontinence is not widely discussed, many people are reluctant to talk about this sensitive issue, believing that their situation is unique. However, as the above number shows, incontinence sufferers are not alone—the condition is quite common. More than that, incontinence is also quite treatable (80% of all cases can be cured), but a lack of knowledge about available treatments prevents people from getting the help they need (only 1 in 12 people seek help for this condition).

Whatever its cause or severity, incontinence interferes with your social and emotional well being and prevents you from living life to its fullest. The good news is that in most cases, you do not have to live with incontinence. Overcome your fears and embarrassment—and take care of yourself and your health—by seeking treatment today.