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.

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. How to…

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…

Don’t Suffer with Incontinence

This article contains links We know talking about incontinence is hard, there are millions of people who live, or care for someone with incontinence. Worryingly many people over the age of 45 suffer in silence and avoid activities…

Let’s Talk About Catheters.

Welcome to our dedicate a space where we talk about all matters relating to catheters. Leanna Benjamin who is a catheter patient, talks openly about what she wished she had known about having a catheter.  Firstly let us introduce you to…

Catheter Nurse Q&A

At Bladder and Bowel Community, we don’t want anyone to struggle or feel lost with their catheter needs - so we put your most-asked questions to Val, our urology nurse. The Community Asked… Our Catheter Nurse Answered! We asked the members…

Catheter Valves

Catheter valves can be used as an alternative to allowing urine to drain freely into a drainage bag. Read our guide to how they work, and what to consider.

Penile Sheaths

Penile Sheath Sheaths are a popular and effective alternative to absorbent pads for many men. They fit over the penis like a condom and are attached by a tube to a drainage bag and can be used during the day and during the night. Penile…

Indwelling Catheters

Indwelling catheters can be used short-term or long-term You might need to have an indwelling catheter temporarily, after an operation, for example. However, generally an indwelling catheter generally stays in place for long periods of…