Bladder Category

Bladder Care

It is estimated around 14 million people in the UK suffer from a Bladder Problem.

There are more people with bladder problems than with Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy together. Both men and women, young and old can be affected.

Despite being common, these problems are not openly talked about. Meaning many people suffer in silence and don’t get the help they need.

The choice of treatments and medicines has never been greater, with plenty of advice and support available. In some cases, can be completely cured and in others, they can be effectively managed. With the right information and guidance, you are able to regain your quality of life.

Throughout this section, you will find information on the many problems, from urinary incontinence and overactive bladder through to bladder weakness (stress urinary incontinence) and urinary retention. We also talk about more specific conditions like Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and the Menopause. Available treatment and product options are included for each individual condition.

Continence FAQs

If you are experiencing continence issues, or someone you know is, these frequently asked questions may help you in understanding what help is available. If you would like to speak to someone discreetly, you can access our Continence Advice…

How Does A Catheter Work?

A catheter drains urine from the bladder into a drainage bag which may be supported at thigh or calf level. The leg drainage bag requires changing every 5 to 7 days depending on manufacturers instructions. A Belly Bag or a catheter valve…

Catheter Problems

Dealing With Urinary Catheter Problems Occasionally people may experience problems with their urinary catheters or accessories and the advice below should help. In all cases remember that good fluid intake is essential and often problems…

What Is A Catheter

A catheter is a soft hollow tube, which is passed into the bladder to drain urine. Catheters are sometimes necessary for people, who for a variety of reasons, cannot empty their bladder in the usual way, i.e. passing urine into a toilet or…

Fluid Matrix

This table is to determine how much fluid you should try to take in a 24 hour period. This is purely a guideline and applies to body frame and activity levels should be taken into consideration i.e. those partaking in vigorous exercise…

Drainage Bags

A drainage bag collects urine from a catheter or penile sheath. Normally there is a tube which connects the catheter or sheath to the drainage bag. With a catheter everything should be sterile. Drainage bags come in different sizes and can…

Disconnecting a Night Drainage Bag

If someone is doing this for you, they must wear disposable gloves. High standards of hygiene are essential at all times. You must wash your hands prior to handling your night drainage bag, see our 6 step handwashing guide here. Wash…

Attaching a Night Drainage Bag

It is essential that high standards of hygiene are maintained at all times. You must wash your hands prior to handling your drainage bag, see our 6 step handwashing guide here.  How to attach a night drainage bag If someone is doing this…

6 Step Handwashing Guide

It is essential that the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times. You must wash your hands prior to carrying out any aspect of personal hygiene, for example, handling your catheter or drainage bag, or changing your stoma…

Let’s Talk About Incontinence

This article contains links We know talking about bladder weakness and incontinence can be difficult, but just how much of an impact does it have on your life? At Bladder & Bowel Community we asked continence experts at HARTMANN…