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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.

What Is A Fistula & How Does It Affect Me

Fistulas are usually caused by injury or surgery, they may also form after an infection has led to severe inflammation. Inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are examples of conditions that lead to…

Muneeb Akhtar – My Crohn’s Disease Story

After months of suffering, Muneeb was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in October 2016, aged 19 years old. Here, Muneeb talks to us about his Crohn’s journey so far and how he has coped with his condition.

Rocking Two Stomas…Rachel’s Story

How many of us when we are younger try to map our lives out? We give ourselves deadlines; by this age, I will be married, be the top or my career and have children! In all honesty how often do these plans actually happen when we want them…

Nurse Support Form

Do you have any questions or concerns about your bladder or bowel condition? Do you have any questions about your continence and stoma care appliances and accessories? If so, then complete the form below and a specially trained nurse can…

Happy 70th Birthday NHS

Today the NHS turns 70 years old and Bladder and Bowel's Community Marketing Manager, Gemma Savory writes about how much the NHS means to her.

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,…

Coping With Incontinence Following A Stroke

This month is Make May Purple for Stroke Awareness and we will be highlighting this devastating illness that affects over 1.2 million people and is the leading cause of disability in the UK.

Invisible Illnesses: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Invisible illnesses are often the subject of much confusion – the term covers a vast array of conditions, including the entirety of mental health. With the advent of the internet and social media, more information is available and people…

Your Guide To Misdiagnosis Of Bowel Conditions

Being diagnosed with a bowel condition is a life-changing experience, and most are simply relieved to have a diagnosis and a direction to follow for treatment. But what if you’re several months or years down the line with treatment and…

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…

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Cara found herself staring bowel cancer in the face at only 32 years old. For bowel cancer awareness month, Cara has kindly shared her story to raise awareness of the symptoms and that you're never too young for bowel cancer.

Autism Awareness Week

This week is Autism Awareness Week and we have been speaking to Louise Fields and her 7-year old son Ryan who was diagnosed with autism aged 3-years old. As well as ASD, Ryan has suffered with constant bowel issues including chronic…

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.

Get 10% OFF Home Stool Test Kit

How Home Stool Test Kits Can Save Lives Today, many people lead such busy lifestyles that health all-too-often gets pushed to the back burner. A person experiencing a pressing health issue might ignore it in favor of continuing their…

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…

How To Travel Happily With Bladder & Bowel Conditions

Travelling with bladder and bowel conditions can be a stressful process, and many will simply neglect the opportunity to venture across the world in fear that they won’t have fast access to a toilet. However, this doesn’t mean that you…

Stoma Complications

From time to time stoma patients may experience stoma problems. The majority of these issues are not serious and can be resolved relatively quickly by adjusting part of your routine, swapping to a new product or altering your diet slightly.…

The Role of a Stoma Nurse

What Is A Stoma Nurse? A stoma nurse is a specialised role and will look after and advise patients with a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy before and after surgery. This care may come from a Colorectal Nurse Specialist or a Stoma Nurse.…

#WorldCancerDay – United against Cancer

My name is Gemma and I have cancer. In fact, I have Stage 4 Bowel Cancer with an incurable prognosis. It is a disease that has been a part of my life for just over three years now. Today is #WorldCancerDay and I want to talk about the…

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…

Request A FREE Colostomy Pouch Sample From CliniMed

Finding Freedom With A Flushable Colostomy Pouch Many people with a colostomy would say that life with a stoma can often be restricting. Daily challenges include needing to plan for the possibility of an unexpected pouch change,…

How To Change A Stoma Bag

You can change your stoma bag as often as you feel you need to. If you have a colostomy and wear a closed bag you will most likely change your pouch after every bowel movement - approximately between 1 to 3 times a day. If you have an…

Stoma Reversal

What is a stoma reversal? A stoma is formed by bringing a loop of bowel (from the colon to form a colostomy or from the small bowel to form an ileostomy) to the surface of the abdomen. A pouch is then worn over the top of the stoma to…

A Shelf and A Hook

Natalie Toper, Cancer Counsellor and bowel cancer survivor is campaigning to get stoma signs placed on disabled toilet doors and appropriate stoma facilities within. Here Natalie describes how her own personal experiences have driven her to…

RSM Event – Ageing Syndromes

The Royal Society of Medicine will be holding a seminar this March which will explore how geriatric medicine is helping to control ageing syndromes.

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,…

Grow a Beard and Help Beat Bowel Bowel

Calling all men! Ditch the razor this month, create a little extra winter warmth for your face and help raise awareness of bowel cancer. Yes this month is Decembeard!

Elaine Miller – Combining Comedy with Incontinence

Elaine Miller is a successful physiotherapist that has worked in the glamourous field of sports physio but three kids later, a sneeze followed by an uninvited wee changed the direction of Elaine’s career into women’s health.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lauren White – Talking how IBS affects daily life

It’s a natural part of our life and we all do it (in one form or another) and some of us have issues with it like any other part of our body but why is it that it’s not socially acceptable to be open about our bowel and having a bowel…

The Bladder & Bowel Community App is now FREE!

You can now now download the original toilet card app for FREE. This means that you can now get access to our Just Can’t Wait card instantly, which is discreetly located on your mobile phone.

Coeliac Disease Treatments

Currently there is no cure for Coeliac Disease. This condition is a considered a long-term chronic illness. You can dramatically reduce your symptoms and heal any gut damage caused by the disease by following a gluten-free diet. There is…

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is a common chronic autoimmune condition that affects around one in every 100 people. The condition is a reaction of the immune system to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. You are more likely to…