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The Wide Awake Club

Elaina Cutting joined the Bladder and Bowel Community Support Facebook group after experiencing bowel issues and hoping to find others who understood what she was going through. After a particularly bad night, she reached out to see if…

HiSlip Intermittent Catheter – FREE Sample

We're offering free samples of the HiSlip Plus catheter, suitable for men or women who self catheterise. A ready to use catheter with its unique Sunacoat hydrophylic coating. Request your sample today!

Endometriosis is more than just a Bad Period

What is endometriosis, and what are the symptoms caused? We share three community stories from women who have experienced the condition first hand, and learn why it can take up to 8 years to be diagnosed.

Dysautonomia and my Catheter

During February we organised a catheter awareness week on our social media channels to raise conversation around conditions such as Fowler’s Syndrome, Sacral Agenesis, Urinary Retention, Bowel Cancer and Dysautonomia, all of which can lead…

Abbie’s Intermittent Catheter Story

Abbie Stapleton, 25 from St Neots tells Bladder and Bowel Community how endometriosis and Fowler's Syndrome led to extreme bladder pain and bladder retention, resulting in her intermittent catheters.

Ask a Catheter Nurse – Your IC Questions Answered

At Bladder and Bowel Community Home Delivery service, as well as delivering your catheter needs directly to your door, we also have trained catheter nurses who are able to help guide you through what can be a tricky and overwhelming time.…

Natalie’s Bowel Cancer Story

Natalie, 39 from London was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer at the age of 36. The cancer had grown extensively and even after intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, she ended up undergoing Pelvic Exenteration surgery, which…

Sacral Agenesis – Estelle’s Story

In this video for Catheter Week, Estelle Stevens, 37 from Devon talks to the Bladder and Bowel Community about growing up experiencing bladder incontinence due to her disability Sacral Agenesis, the importance of normalising conversations…

Catheter Week

Welcome to Catheter Week where we’ll be discussing all things catheter, to offer support through stories, special offers, and practical information. Read more.

Spotlight on Fowler’s Syndrome

Today’s spotlight is on Fowler’s Syndrome, a little known bladder disorder that affects women and causes urinary retention and extremely painful bladder symptoms. Here, Megan Entwistle, 25 from Rotherham, South Yorkshire tells her story…

LoFric Elle Intermittent Catheter – FREE Sample

We have some free samples of the new LoFric Elle catheter, suitable for females who self catheterise. Discreet and easy to use with its unique L-shaped handle, offer available to UK residents. Request yours here!

6 Step Handwashing Guide

It is essential that the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times. Handwashing is one of the simplest ways you can protect yourself from infection and stop germs from transferring to other people or surfaces (such as…

Veganuary – Our Favourite Vegan Recipes

With it being the start of a new year in lockdown, many of us have been turning to cooking as a way of feeling productive whilst we’re all at home. Choosing to eat vegan is growing in popularity and many use January to follow a plant based

How Does A Catheter Work?

A catheter drains urine from the bladder into a drainage bag which may be supported at thigh or calf level. The leg drainage bag requires changing every 5 to 7 days depending on manufacturers instructions. A Belly Bag or a catheter valve…

Catheter Problems

Dealing With Urinary Catheter Problems Occasionally people may experience problems with their urinary catheters or accessories and the advice below should help. In all cases remember that good fluid intake is essential and often…

What Is A Catheter?

A urinary catheter is a soft hollow tube, which is passed into the bladder to drain urine. Catheters are sometimes necessary for people, who for a variety of reasons, cannot empty their bladder in the usual way.

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…

Night Drainage Bags for Catheters

Learn all about night bags for catheters - disconnecting or attaching a night drainage bag, the importance of hygiene, how to dispose of urine bags and when to seek help. Read our guide.

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,…

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

The indwelling catheter is retained in the bladder by a balloon which can be inflated and deflated. Short-term (less than 30 days) or long-term (more than 30 days) drainage can be maintained but the end of the catheter should either be…

Male Incontinence Products

There are many incontinence aids and products on the market that can help you feel more comfortable and more confident when suffering from either bladder or bowel incontinence. When considering male incontinence products, there are many…

Sexual relationships

Loving, caring relationships are important for everyone – and many want these to develop into sexual relationships. For everyone, these relationships are a source of happiness and sadness, joy and disappointment, anxiety and pleasure,…

Catheters & Accessories

A catheter is a thin tube which is used to drain urine from the bladder. Catheters are used as a management aid by people who cannot empty their bladder properly. There are three main types of catheters: Intermittent catheters…

Suprapubic Catheter

What is a suprapubic catheter? A suprapubic catheter is a hollow flexible tube that is used to drain urine from the bladder. It is inserted into the bladder through a cut in the tummy, a few inches below the navel (tummy button). This is…

Intermittent Self Catheterisation

Intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) is used to treat bladders that do not empty fully. You will be taught how to insert a urinary catheter into your bladder by a health professional – this can be done in a hospital, clinic or at…