Common bladder and bowel problems

Incontinence is any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence).

Here we share answers to common questions we receive around bowel and bladder problems. Please note the information supplied is general in nature and you should consult your medical practioner for individual advice.

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FAQs about general incontinence

What does it mean to find blood in my stools (poo)?

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What are healthy bowel habits?

Should I cut back the amount of fluid I drink so I don't have to go to the toilet as often, especially if I'm going out?

What can I do to help improve my incontinence?

Should I drink six to eight cups of fluid a day. Does it matter what type of fluid you drink?

At what age should my child be dry?

How common are bladder and bowel problems?

Could my being overweight make my bladder control worse?

If I believe that I am dealing with incontinence, who can I contact?

Is stress incontinence related to anxiety?

I've heard that some women develop incontinence after childbirth. Why does this happen?

What are the symptoms of incontinence?

What can cause bowel incontinence?

Is incontinence a normal part of ageing?

We also answer common questions for catheterscondom drainage and disposable pads.

Please note the information supplied is general in nature. Please consult your medical practioner for individual advice.