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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.

These guides briefly describe commonly experienced bladder problems and conditions that may lead to problems with bowel control. In addition to NHS support and treatment they identify other organisations who offer support and practical solutions.

There is information on:

  • GP support and how to access your local NHS continence advisory service
  • advice and treatment available from the NHS whether you live at home or in a care home
  • local eligibility criteria for continence products
  • VAT exemption if you buy certain continence products
  • service offered by Disabled Living Centres 
  • useful organisations offering support and practical solutions

Download the following guides from Age Scotland partner Age UK.

opens link in new window Information guide: Managing incontinence

opens link in new window Factsheet: Help with continence

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Silver Line Scotland:
0800 4 70 80 90

Useful information to download

  • A factsheet from Age Scotland partner Age UK on help with continence.

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