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Incontinence – that is loss of bladder or bowel control – can affect men and women but bladder problems tend to be more common in women. Not only can it cause skin irritation and hygiene problems, it can significantly affect your day-to-day life and confidence when away from home.
Although it can be a difficult problem to talk about, there is a better chance of it being cured or managed successfully, when it is diagnosed early. More than 2.5 million people over 60 in the UK have urinary incontinence, and 6.5 million people of all ages have bowel problems.
Our Bladder and bowel problems guide looks at different types of incontinence and what you can do to help yourself. In many cases, it can be improved or even cured. There are many ways of managing the problem so it doesn't interfere with your daily life. Download the guide now to find out more.
Our factsheet Help with continence briefly describes commonly experienced bladder problems and conditions that may lead to problems with bowel control. In addition to NHS support and treatment it identified other organisations that offer support and practical solutions.
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Download our information guide: Bladder and bowel problems (PDF 1MB)
Download our factsheet: Help with continence (PDF 157 KB)
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