Bowel Support and Advice

There are an estimated 6.5 million people in the UK with some form of bowel control problem, and this is thought to be a conservative estimate, as a result of under-reporting due to the embarrassing nature of these problems.

Being incontinent is also second only to dementia as the reason why older people enter residential care. There is no reason why this should be the case.

There are many treatments and products available and with the right support and help the vast majority of people can learn to manage their bowel problems and improve their quality of life. Whatever your problem, trust in the fact that something can be done and seek help by making an appointment with your GP.

Learning to cope with bowel problems can be more than a practical problem, it can also affect you emotionally. As it can be an embarrassing subject to talk about, you may feel ashamed and keep it a secret and that can make it harder for you to feel good about yourself.

No two people cope with difficulty in quite the same way but as with many, trying things in life, talking about it is often the first step towards recovery. Please remember you’re not alone and if family and friends think you’re avoiding the subject, they will too.

Whatever your particular bowel problem is, we hope that you find the information and advice you are looking for. For information on specific bowel problems please go to our Bowel Conditions and Symptoms section.