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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…

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…

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…

Bowel Problems in Childhood

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…

Bladder Control FAQs

If you are have concerns around bladder control or someone you know needs support, it can help though to have a broader understanding of what support is available to you. These frequently asked questions may help you find more…

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

What is 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…

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…

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…

Alzheimer’s Disease And Incontinence

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, which is caused by a physical disease of the brain. It is a progressive illness, which causes loss of memory, judgment and language. Between 60 - 70% of those with Alzheimer’s will go…

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…