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bladder conditions

Mark – Living With Overactive Bladder

Mark has bravely agreed to share his story of living with an overactive bladder. Mark is 40, a Project Manager and lives with his wife and two children in the Midlands. Mark has lived with embarrassing bladder symptoms for several years…

Menopause And The Bladder

Yesterday marked World Menopause Day and an opportunity to discuss a change in life that affects every single woman at some point. Menopause appears to be one of those taboo subjects where women will just ‘put up’ with menopausal symptoms.…

World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, Bladder and Bowel Community Manager, Gemma Savory talks about how bowel cancer led to depression and anxiety.

Niki Wells – Living with Interstitial Cystitis

Niki will be holding a tea/coffee/bake Sale to raise awareness of Interstitial Cystitis on Sunday 30th September 1pm - 3pm. To find out more and location you can contact us at the Bladder and Bowel Community.

Time 2 Talk Ostomy Support Group

Time 2 Talk Ostomy Support Group is a new group for those who want to meet others with an ostomy or bladder/ bowel disorder or seek advice on how to live your best life with your condition. Experts from all areas including nutrition,…

Catheters And Me: A True Story From 21 Year Old Gemma

By Gemma Harenburg: So the story really begins since I came home. The background you ask? Well, let me explain. Although first of all, I would like to let you know that I want this article to be positively working towards reducing…

MS Awareness Week

This week is MS Awareness Week (23 - 29 April), Multiple Sclerosis affects thousands of people across the UK. MS commonly affects the bladder and bowel but not many people talk about this aspect so we want to highlight how MS affects the…

The Importance Of Hydration

Poor nutrition and hydration can sometimes make bladder and bowel symptoms worse, this article looks at all the reasons why good hydration is so important to the bladder and bowel.

8 Methods to Encourage Bladder Movement

The urinary bladder is a hollow muscular organ in the body that acts as a collection and storage area of the urine after it passes through the kidneys. If it’s not functioning properly, it may cause complications like urinary tract…

Helping You Deal With Incontinence

There are around 6 million people in the UK alone who suffer from some type of bladder or bowel problem and so if you are experiencing incontinence in any shape or form, then you are not alone, and help is always available. Incontinence…

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are a common and usually mild infection that can affect the bladder, urethra, ureters and kidneys. The infection can occur in your lower urinary tract and affect your bladder and urethra, this type of…

Urgency And Urge Incontinence

The sudden intense sensation of needing to go to the toilet and having to rush to get there is called 'urgency '. People who have normal bladder function can hold on until they reach the toilet, but people with urgency may leak if they…

Nocturia

It can be quite normal to wake once or twice during the night to pass water. If you have to do so more often than that it can become both annoying and tiring. The need to pass water during the night is called Nocturia. Although nocturia…

Post Micturition Dribble

Post Micturition Dribble (PMD), or after dribble, is the name given to the problem when men experience an involuntary loss of urine immediately after they have finished passing urine, usually after leaving the toilet.

Bacterial Cystitis

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. Cystitis predominately affects women, but occasionally it can affect men and children. What Causes Cystitis? In most cases, cystitis is caused by a bacterial infection. Bacteria can make its way…

Fowler’s Syndrome

What is Fowler's Syndrome? First described in 1985, Fowler's Syndrome is a cause of urinary retention (inability to pass water normally) in young women. Urinary retention in young women is not common but can be quite debilitating. The…

Prolapse

What Is Prolapse? It's a condition in which one or more of the pelvic organs comes down or bulges into or out of the vagina, often with the sensation of 'something coming down below'. The pelvic organs consist of the uterus, bowel and…

Vaginal And Recto Vaginal Fistulas

A vaginal fistula is a tract or hole that has opened up from the vaginal wall and connects with another organ in the body. The most common types of vaginal fistula are: Vesicovaginal Fistula - a tract that connects the vagina and the…

Urinary Retention

The bladder is a balloon-shaped hollow muscle.  It is designed to stretch as it fills up and contract as it empties.  The bladder muscle can become so weak that it is unable to contract strongly enough to empty. Damage to the nervous system…

Childhood Bladder Conditions

Day time wetting affects about 1 in 75 children over the age of 5 and is more common in girls. Day time wetting can be embarrassing for your child and can be difficult to deal with, especially at school. It can, in some cases, lead to…

Urinary Frequency

Frequency refers to the number of times you go to the toilet to pass urine in a day. If you need to go to the toilet very often, more than seven times a day on drinking approximately 2 litres of fluid, you may have a frequency problem.…

Mixed Urinary Incontinence

Mixed Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary leakage associated with Stress Urinary Incontinence and Urge Urinary Incontinence, and can also include Nocturia and Dribbling.  Some people have a mixture of all these different symptoms which…

Nocturnal Enuresis

Nocturnal Enuresis means wetting the bed. Many people wet the bed at night, although few people talk about it. In fact, one person in every 100 may be affected throughout adult life. Most people think that no one else has this problem. Many…

Prostate cancer

Your treatment for Prostate cancer will depend on your type of tumour, how advanced the cancer is and your health in general. Some types are slow growing and don’t interfere with any bladder function. These types of tumours may not require…

Bladder Cancer

Cancer occurs when body cells alter, multiply and interfere with 'normal' cells. Bladder cancer is unfortunately not uncommon. One of the common symptoms of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. The bleeding is not usually painful and…

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a condition in which the prostate is enlarged, but not cancerous. The enlargement of the prostate can restrict the flow of urine from the bladder, causing uncomfortable and inconvenient urinary…

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is the general term for inflammation of the prostate. The inflammation can be acute and is normally caused by an infection. Symptoms of prostatitis include pelvic pain, pain when urinating and pain when ejaculating semen.…

After A Baby

Most women accept that they might get a vaginal tear during childbirth, but having a bladder or bowel problem after giving birth to their baby is rarely in the minds of expecting mothers. We cover on this page some possible problems that…

Overactive Bladder

If you get sudden urges to go to the toilet to pass urine which are difficult to ignore, you could be suffering from an overactive bladder. This is sometimes called an unstable or irritable bladder or detrusor overactivity. It means that…

Overflow Incontinence

What Is Overflow Incontinence? Overflow incontinence happens when the bladder doesn't empty properly and so it leaks out. You may not get the message to go to the toilet either. The bladder never empties properly and fills up more…

Painful Bladder And Interstitial Cystitis

Painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome, also commonly known as interstitial cystitis, is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. It is not caused by bacteria and does not respond to conventional antibiotic therapy. It can…

Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is defined as a sudden unintentional loss of urine during normal day-to-day activities. It is also commonly referred to as bladder weakness and weak bladder.  If you have this problem you may notice leakage…