The National Association for Continence (NAFC) is a national, not- for-profit
organization focused on supporting people with bladder control problems. NAFC was
founded in 1982 and has been a leader in providing information to consumers and
professionals. Currently 130,000 members receive support and educational materials
from NAFC. This organization has several types of educational materials. “Quality
Care” is a quarterly newsletter with practical information and treatment updates. The
newsletter also features questions from patients and suggestions from health
professionals. The “Resource Guide for Incontinence Products and Services” is a 100
page directory listing all types of continence care products including all sizes and shapes
of washable and disposable diapers, catheter and ostomy supplies, creams and powders,
and much more. The Guide is well organized and easy to follow with listings of
manufactures and their phone numbers. It is a great resource for patients and
NAFC produces over 20 “Fact sheets” including six in Spanish. Fact sheets
cover specific topics such as constipation, catheter care, odor control, surgical treatments,
impotence and many more. Consumer education books are also available from NAFC.
Some books cover specific topics like “Waking up Dry: how to end bedwetting forever”.
Other books cover broad topics such as: “Overcoming Bladder Disorders”, and “The
Prostate: a guide for men and the women who love them”.
For a small fee, the “Consumer Resource Service” provides a list of approved
health professional in your area. Healthcare professionals must satisfy several criterions
to be included in this service. NAFC membership is $20.00 per year and includes the
Newsletter, Resource guide, discounts on fact sheets, and the Continence Resource
Service listing professionals in your area.
Conditions such as incontinence can result in social isolation, feelings of
depression and discouragement. Support groups such as NAFC help encourage educated
consumers to seek appropriate medical assistance. Hearing from others with similar
conditions helps patients to know they are not alone. Often simple suggestions can make
a big difference in the quality of life. To find out more about NAFC, please write or call
the number below.
To learn more, read the article
“What Can Physical Therapy can do for Urinary Incontinence” on my website
National Association for Continence
PO Box 831
Spartenburg, SC 29305-830