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Bladder

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 can…

NHS Trusts Bladder And Bowel Events February 2018

On 28th February 2018, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust will be running a Bladder And Bowel Event which is open to members of the public and patients who may be experiencing bladder or bowel issues. Some further dates for the diary include the…

Surviving Christmas with a Bladder or Bowel Condition

It’s that time of year again where we look forward to indulging in tasty festive treats and drinks, going out and about to visit friends and family or maybe attending the office christmas party. For those with a bladder or bowel condition,…

Indwelling Catheterisation

Indwelling catheters can be used short-term or long-term. Short-term: these are frequently inserted after an operation or if you are unable to pass urine due to obstruction.  They may also be used to introduce therapeutic drugs or to record…

Female Incontinence Products

There are many products on the market that can help you feel more comfortable and more confident when suffering from either bladder or bowel incontinence. There are some devices that are designed to either place pressure on the urethra or…

Male Incontinence Products

There are many products on the market that can help you feel more comfortable and more confident when suffering from either bladder or bowel incontinence. Collection devices such as penile sheaths are quite a popular device as it negates…

Bedding and chair covers

Bedding and chair covers are absorbent pads that can be used on your furniture, bed or car seat to protect fabrics for becoming damp, stained or from odours. You can get washable protectors and disposable protectors and both are made from…

Bladder Incontinence Products

In this section you will find helpful information and advice on some of the products and appliances used to treat a range of bladder conditions including catheterisation and products to help with bladder incontinence. The Bladder and Bowel…

What Is A Stoma?

A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that can be connected to either your digestive or urinary system to allow waste (urine or faeces) to be diverted out of your body. It looks like a small, pinkish, circular piece of flesh that is sewn to…

Travelling With A Stoma

Having a stoma shouldn’t limit your ability to travel in the UK or abroad. It may just take a little more forward planning. The Colostomy Association have developed a useful guide on travelling with a stoma. Here are our top tips. Make sure…

Irrigation And Your Stoma

Irrigation is a system of bowel management for a colostomy in which you ‘wash’ the bowel to encourage a bowel movement. Over time your bowel will adopt this regular habit, and you should not produce waste in between irrigation sessions.…

Diet And Exercise With A Stoma

Diet and your stoma What you can eat and drink with a stoma can often be very confusing. Immediately after surgery, you may be advised to stick to a low residue diet to allow the bowel to recover. After that time you can start to introduce…

Stoma Skincare

Looking after your peristomal skin (the ring of your skin that sits under your bag) is a vital part of your stoma care routine. It is important to avoid faeces or urine from coming into contact with your skin otherwise this can cause sore…

Stoma Care Products

There are many different stoma care products for you to choose from. Your stoma nurse will probably help you choose one in the beginning. You may like to try some different pouches to see which type you find the most comfortable and most…

What To Expect After Your Stoma Surgery

Straight after surgery What will my stoma look like? Don’t be alarmed by the size of your stoma for the first few weeks after surgery. Your abdomen and your stoma will both be quite swollen and your stoma may also ooze blood for the first…

What To Expect Before Your Stoma Surgery

Your Preoperative Assessment Depending on your hospital you will probably be offered a pre-op assessment a few days/ weeks prior to your stoma surgery. This assessment will involve a meeting with your surgeon to discuss any last minute…

Stoma Care

Welcome to our stoma care section. Here you will find helpful information and advice on looking after your stoma including skincare, travel, irrigation, surgery and the different types of stoma. The Bladder & Bowel Home Delivery Service…

A New Beginning

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation has been serving the Bladder and Bowel Community since 1989 offering help and support to thousands of people across the UK. Earlier this year the Bladder and Bowel Foundation went into receivership due to…

The Ring of Kerry – Riding in support of B&BF

On July 2nd this year, Mike Quinn (Miromedia) is riding with 14 like minded gents around the gruelling Ring of Kerry Cycle Challenge, in Ireland. B&BF are delighted and grateful to Mike and all of the riders for supporting the charity…

Physio aims to get the Fringe laughing, not leaking

Elaine Miller is a physiotherapist based in Edinburgh. She wrote a comedy show about pelvic floors called "Gusset Grippers" in an attempt to break down the taboos which surround continence, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunctions - all of which…

Online Survey For Women Who Use Continence Products

Dr. Adrian Wagg, from the University of Alberta, is conducting a survey exploring women's sources of information, knowledge and use of continence pads.  If you are a woman over the age of 30 who uses some sort of containment products for…

Millions ‘suffer in silence’ with incontinence

Millions of people in England experience problems with continence but many are not getting the support they need, health officials are warning. In guidance published by NHS England, experts have suggested people "suffer in silence" because…

Low vitamin D levels associated with IBS

Many people living with irritable bowel syndrome are vitamin D deficient, according to a new study published in the BMJ Open Gastroenterology. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and debilitating functional disorder of the…

Stress Urinary Incontinence in the female athlete

One of the most common, but rarely discussed issues that female athletes face is urinary incontinence during exercise. This phenomenon is also known as stress urinary incontinence and is defined as the involuntary leaking of urine during…

100 years of the Women’s Institute (WI)

September 16th 2015 marked the momentous achievement of 100 years of the WI. Much had been organised to celebrate the anniversary including a Centennial Fair in Harrogate, which took place from the 3rd to the 6th of September. The Fair was…

This most basic of needs – Dr Martin McShane

Dr Martin McShane's Blog:I was at a roundtable on how health and care services need to change to meet the needs of people with multiple conditions. We heard from a patient who described the problems he was facing managing his diabetes, the…