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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.

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…

The importance of toilet locations at places of interest

What does ‘welcome’ really mean? We often see the outside of Buckingham Palace on television but it’s usually only a privileged few who actually get inside. It is therefore rather exciting that there are special tours of the State Rooms now…

FREE – Just Can’t Wait Card App

The Just Can’t Wait toilet card is now available to download on your iPhone Never worry about locating your ‘Just Can’t Wait’ toilet card in a hurry as you can now download a version of this card straight to your iPhone. This is a…

Revolutionary Incontinence Treatment

Post Prostate Cancer surgery? Suffering with leaks? A revolutionary, new incontinence treatment has got everyone talking; here’s why you NEED to use it… Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer found in men in the UK…

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…

Incontinence Pads – What you should know

Incontinence is treatable.  It is therefore essential that assessment of incontinence is sought before you consider using pads as a permanent way to manage your bladder problem. Read the full article here.

We Need to Talk About Incontinence

Dr Martin McShane, NHS England's Director for Patients with Long Term Conditions, explains why we must ask patients the right questions and not let them suffer in silence. Domain 2 of the NHS outcomes framework is about 'enhancing the…

Bowel Diary

Bowel Retraining is a conservative treatment that is generally aimed at people who have recurring constipation or diarrhoea, or limited or reduced sensation in their rectum due to nerve damage.

FREE Just Can’t Wait Toilet Card

Order Our Universally Recognised Just Can't Wait Toilet Card Online Today. Request the original toilet access card from the Bladder and Bowel Community today. We use the universally acknowledged W.C. signage, giving you the benefit of…

Faecal Incontinence Treatments

The key to treating faecal incontinence is to find the condition that is causing this. Chronic constipation and a weak pelvic floor are two of the most common causes of faecal incontinence and in many cases this can be resolved through a…

Overflow Incontinence Treatments

There are a number of causes of overflow incontinence, the two main causes are urinary retention or a blockage from stones or an enlarged prostate in men. Your treatment will depend on the cause. If the overflow is caused by a blockage,…

Pelvic Floor Exercises

People who have faecal incontinence or bowel leakage may be helped by doing some specific exercises for the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles. These exercises could help improve the strength of the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles and…

Injectable Treatments

Injectable Treatments are a less invasive treatment option to help improve the lives of people suffering from faecal incontinence and they offer an alternative to major surgery. They are often suitable for those who have not seen benefit…

How the Bowel Works

The digestive system works by pushing food through the intestines which usually takes between 24 to 72 hours. Muscular contractions squeeze (peristalsis) the food through the different sections of the intestine. These different sections are…

Incontinence and Discrimination

On 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply. Equality Act 2010 The Equality Act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and…

Bristol stool form scale

Different people have different bowel habits. Most people who have a bowel movement more than 3 times a week and pass good textured faeces (not too hard or soft) can be said to have 'normal' bowel behaviour. Since it can be hard to state…

Diet and lifestyle

The digestive system can be upset easily. An unhealthy diet, stress, antibiotics and travel are some of the causes. An upset digestive system can make you feel bloated and sluggish. Many people suffer from digestive related problems at one…

Sphincter Exercises

People with faecal incontinence or leakage of faeces can be helped by undertaking special exercises to strengthen the sphincter muscles. With regular practice, the exercises could help to build up your muscles. Check with your health…

Faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence or bowel incontinence is more common than you would think. Unfortunately, it is a subject which is still not as openly talked about as it should be. Bowel incontinence affects over 53 million people in Europe making it…

Childhood bowel problems

Bowel problems are not limited to adults and are definitely not just part of getting older – children can experience them too. Some children will be born with bowel conditions while others can develop them as they start to grow. In this…

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, indwelling…

Sacral nerve stimulation

Sacral Neuromodulation (SNM) (also known as Sacral Nerve Stimulation) is an NHS funded therapy that may be able to help certain people who experience bladder and bowel problems.  Where successful, the treatment can be a life changing…

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…

Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare method based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It is believed that the main basis for treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot…

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a technique which is designed to help strengthen your urethral and anal sphincter muscles and pelvic floor muscles and help you to gain control over your bladder. Biofeedback can help you learn which muscles to use, when to…

Bladder Diary & Retraining

Bladder retraining is a simple and effective method used to try and overcome bladder problems including, urgency, frequency and incontinence. Click here to download the bladder diary. How does bladder retraining work? Bladder retraining…

Indwelling Catheters

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…

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 home.…

Diet and lifestyle changes

There are some general lifestyle changes that you could make which may help to alleviate your symptoms. As well as following a healthy diet, you should try to take some form of regular exercise.  If you have stress incontinence it may be…

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises

Both women and men have pelvic floor muscles.  These are layers of muscle that stretch from the pubic bone to the coccyx and from side to side.  Firm and well-toned pelvic floor muscles help support the bladder, womb and bowel and help to…

Multiple Sclerosis and Incontinence

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition, so affects the nerves. A coating around the nerve fibres called myelin becomes damaged and can produce a wide range of symptoms, which vary greatly from person to person. MS is a complex…

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 quickly…