How To Use This Site

Welcome to the National Association For Continence (NAFC) Web site!  NAFC is the leading source for public education and advocacy about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence.  This page of the site is provided to give you an overview of the information located on the site, and links to find exactly what you are looking for quickly.  We also have a site map that lists all of the pages of our Web site.

If you are looking for information on a specific topic, it may benefit you to use our search engine located at the top of every page. Simply type a word in the search box and click ‘Go.’ A list of relevant pages on our site will appear so that you may visit any one of them.

On our home page, you can find a healthcare provider in your area by using the Find an Expert tool. If you cannot find a health professional in your area by searching in our database, click on “Other Search Engines” to run additional searches in other professional databases. Also on our homepage you can sign up to receive links to free, introductory information (the “free basic packet”) or an electronic version of our quarterly newsletter. You can view the latest NAFC news, such as press releases and events in the scroll box in the center of the screen.

Starting near the top of every page of the Web site, you will see the following subject headings in purple boxes:

  • The About NAFC section of our Web site includes such information as background on our organization, an overview of the staff of NAFC, the members of the Board of Directors and various committees, information regarding employment and internships, and much more.  If you would like to learn more about NAFC as an organization, please go to the About NAFC section of our Web site.
  • The Bladder & Bowel Health section is by far the most detailed section of our site. Information is available on the causes and treatment of various types of incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and enlarged prostate. There are pages related to health concerns specifically for men and for women and a glossary of terms. You will also find a convenient “frequently asked questions” section that covers the most common questions associated with incontinence, as well as a valuable tool for finding public restrooms all around the world. If you are searching for research underway in this field, there is a section devoted to finding a clinical trial. For comprehensive, educational information on bladder and bowel health, please visit the Bladder & Bowel Health section of our Web site.
  • Health professionals seeking information about NAFC and its publications are encouraged to go to the Health Professional section of our site. The benefits of Professional membership with NAFC are detailed, including discounts on bulk orders of NAFC publications for patients and the opportunity to be listed in the “Find an Expert” database. If you are a health professional and would like to know more about membership and the ability to bring your patients relevant, unbiased information on bladder and bowel control disorders, please visit the Health Professionals section of our Web site.
  • Because NAFC is a not-for-profit organization that operates on donations, individual and health professional memberships, and industry sponsorships, the Support NAFC section of the Web site is very important to the continuation of NAFC’s services. In this section, individuals can discover the benefits of an NAFC membership, including a subscription to the quarterly newsletter Quality Care® which features articles by clinical experts in the continence field. If NAFC has helped you or a family member, this section includes a convenient online method for making a donation.  All of this and more can be found on the Support NAFC section.

At the bottom of every page of the site is another set of subject headings in purple boxes containing the following information:

  • If you would like to reach NAFC by email, phone or regular mail, the Contact section will give you all the information you need to reach our staff. Visit the Contact section for helpful information on all your bladder and bowel health questions. You can also take a survey to rate our Web site so that we can may improvements based on your feedback.
  • NAFC hosts a Bladder and Bowel Health Forum.  This forum allows individuals to confidentially share information, stories, and look for advice while dealing with incontinence.  If you would like to communicate with others who understand your situation, as well as share experiences and advice, visit our Forum and sign up. It’s free and anonymous.
  • Nancy Muller, the executive director of NAFC, posts Blogs, or commentary on topics relevant to NAFC’s mission, on the NAFC Web site and forum regularly which also appear on the HealthCentral.com Web site. She writes on various current health topics, from legislation to the latest treatments. Catch her latest essay at the Blog section.
  • NAFC’s Online Store provides one stop shopping for individual, health professional, and business memberships, as well as all the publications available through NAFC, such as pelvic muscle exercise kits. The majority of NAFC’s pamphlets and leaflets are free for the first copy (a nominal fee is requested to cover the cost of shipping). Larger publications, directories and audio visual materials can also be purchased. Donations to NAFC are also easy to process. Visit the Online Store to order the most comprehensive collection of bladder and bowel health publications.
  • The Media section of the Web site is primarily geared toward information for members of the media, however, consumers may be interested in reading the archived press releases to learn more about NAFC’s activities. There is also a section dedicated to general statistics about bladder and bowel health. Visit the Media section of our Web site for the latest news, statistics, NAFC’s editorial calendar, and media kit.
  • The Events section of our Web site provides information on upcoming events in this field. Check the Events section often for the latest information.
  • The Library on our Web site houses current and past publications, as well as PDF versions of the majority of our leaflets and pamphlets for free download. You may print and copy these publications as long as NAFC is cited as your source. There is also a detailed search for our articles to allow you to find what you are looking for by topic. If you would like to access our library of past and present information regarding incontinence, please visit the Library section of our Web site.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to use our Contact page, email us at memberservices@nafc.org, or call 1.800.252.3337 (1-800-BLADDER).