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Information for adults with bladder and bowel problems

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Bladder and bowel problems in adults are not uncommon, affecting both males and females of all ages. Some common bladder problems may include urgently needing to pass urine, bladder leakage known as incontinence or difficulties fully emptying the bladder.

Some common bowel problems may include leakage known as faecal incontinence, constipation and difficulties emptying the bowel.

We understand that having a bladder and/or bowel problem, can cause embarrassment, anxiety and distress. As a result, this can often having a major impact on an individuals quality of life. Often, people are reluctant to discuss their symptoms with anyone as they find it difficult to admit they have a problem. However, it is important to know that much can be done to treat, manage and improve symptoms. There are NHS specialist services in most areas of the UK who will provide specialist care. These are known as Continence or Bladder and Bowel Services. Most accept self-referrals.

Bladder & Bowel UK offer advice, support and help accessing the right NHS services

We have a team of Continence Specialist Nurses and Continence Product Information staff, who can be contacted on the National Confidential Bladder & Bowel UK helpline or via email at

0161 214 4591

National Confidential Bladder & Bowel UK helpline

Our staff offer impartial advice and information on bladder and bowel problems, practical tips on symptom management. We also offer solutions to help manage problems to promote quality of life and independent living.

We also want to ensure that people accessing our services are informed and directed to other appropriate services such as NHS specialist bladder and bowel services for further help.

Please do not suffer in silence, there is lots of support available. Speak to someone – your GP, Continence Specialist Nurse, District Nurse or another healthcare professional.


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