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.

Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis is a type of urinary tract infection in the form of a painful kidney infection. It is an unpleasant illness that usually happens when bacteria travels up from your bladder into one or both of your kidneys. The kidneys and…

Urethritis

What is Urethritis? Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra which may be caused by an infection, known as a lower UTI. The urethra is the tube from the bladder through which urine flows out of the body. Infections are generally caused

Confused Incontinent Person at Home

Looking after a confused relative or friend can be a great strain and responsibility. It can become even more difficult, and indeed unpleasant, if the person loses control of the bladder or bowel and is incontinent. This is, unfortunately,…

Bladder Management and Childbirth

Difficulty passing urine or urinary retention, as it is known, is a common problem in the first day or two following childbirth, but with careful management this should resolve without long term consequences.  This page expands on bladder…

Incontinence Myths

For such a common condition as incontinence, it’s important to understand exactly what help and support is available. But also what common myths and misconceptions to avoid as these may prevent you from properly managing incontinence.

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. It's important to remember that if you are concerned by your continence health, it's…

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 urinary 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.

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…