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incontinence

Confused Incontinent Person at Home

Looking after a confused relative or friend can be a great strain and responsibility. It can become even more difficult, and indeed unpleasant, if the person loses control of the bladder or bowel and is incontinent. This is, unfortunately,…

We’re Going GREEN

The Just Can’t Wait card has provided a ‘lifeline’ to over 130K people to date. Around 14 million people in the UK live with a bladder condition and over 6.4 million live with a bowel condition. We’ve issued over 130,000 Just Can’t Wait…

Incontinence Myths

For such a common condition as incontinence, it’s important to understand exactly what help and support is available. But also what common myths and misconceptions to avoid as these may prevent you from properly managing incontinence.

Continence FAQs

If you are experiencing continence issues, or someone you know is, these frequently asked questions may help you in understanding what help is available. It's important to remember that if you are concerned by your continence health, it's…

World Continence Week

World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative managed and run by the International Continence Society (ICS).  Its primary aim is to raise awareness of incontinence related issues. This year the event is running from 15th to the 21st…

Bladder & Bowel Community on BBC Woman’s Hour

Director Joanne Umbers represents the Community in the discussion around public toilets As lockdown slowly starts to lift, the issue around public toilets and their availability is a key issue to so many. When Bladder

Don’t Suffer with Incontinence

This article contains links We know talking about incontinence is hard, there are millions of people who live, or care for someone with incontinence. Worryingly many people over the age of 45 suffer in silence and avoid activities

Just Can’t Wait Card Replacement

If you have lost or misplaced your Just Can't Wait card please use the form below to fill out your details and we will get another one sent out to you. Please note we charge a small fee of £1.99 payable by cheque for cards ordered by post.…

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.…

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…

Taking Control Of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a very common condition, affecting an estimated 30% of women worldwide. The condition can have a significant impact on daily life affecting activities, relationships and emotional well-being. Two-thirds…

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.

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…

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.

How To Deal With Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence can be painful, embarrassing, and even debilitating. Whether it is you, a member of your family, or even a close friend, this is an issue many will have to deal with. Often people assume that urinary incontinence will…

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 Catheters

Indwelling catheters can be used short-term or long-term You might need to have an indwelling catheter temporarily, after an operation, for example. However, generally an indwelling catheter generally stays in place for long periods of…

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 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…

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…

10 Overactive Bladder Treatment Options to Try

Living with a bladder condition such as Overactive Bladder can be both physically and emotionally demanding. NewLifeOutlook give you some great advice that can help to improve your bladder symptoms.

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…

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…

Chief Medical Officer calls for action on women’s health

Report by Professor Dame Sally Davies targets obesity and ovarian cancer and encourages women to talk about 'taboos' such as incontinence. In her latest annual report, ‘Health of the 51%: women’, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor…

Continence Advisor or Physiotherapist?

Continence Advisor or Continence Physiotherapist - Do you know who does what? You've probably heard your GP mention Continence Advisors and Continence Physiotherapists before, but do you really know who does what? Although nowadays both…

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. You may wish to view the following articles…

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

Access the Universally Recognised Digital Just Can’t Wait Toilet Card Online for FREE Order the original toilet access card from the Bladder and Bowel Community today. We use the universally acknowledged W.C. signage, giving you the…

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 bowel is part of our digestive system and it works to digest the food we eat, absorb the goodness and nutrients into our blood stream, then process and expel the waste that the body cannot use. The digestive system works by…

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…