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Do you have problems with your bladder or bowels?

You are not alone.

Continence problems affects about 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men. You don't have to put up with this. We don't tend to talk to the doctor as we are embarrassed. The good news is that in 70% of people the symptoms can be improved and even cured.

What's normal?

Going to the toilet four to seven times a day and weeing between half and a pint of urine each time.

What's not normal?

It is not normal if you have:

  • have pain in your bladder 
  • blood in your urine (wee) 
  • difficulty passing urine (wee)
  • a change in bowel habit
  • blood or mucus in your faeces (poo) 
  • stomach pain 
  • unintentional weight loss 
  • to go to the toilet urgently
  • to go to the toilet frequently 
  • urinary (wee) incontinence or 
  • bowel incontinence

If you have any of these problems contact your doctor. Help is available.

What can I do?

Make changes to your lifestyle.

  • Try to lose weight if you need to.
  • Avoid going to the toilet 'just in case'. Go when you need to. 
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Do pelvic floor muscle training. You can be shown how to squeeze your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Bladder training. This will mean you can learn how to wait longer
  • Drink more water so that your body is hydrated. 
  • Add liquid food to your diet such as soups

Further information and advice

Contact the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust Continence Advisory Service on (01905 681601 or 681604). They have specialist nurses who can sort out most problems. It usually just takes three appointments.

This service will:

  • Assess what type of bladder or bowel problem you have
  • Give information on pelvic floor exercises 
  • Give information on bladder training
  • Give treatment with prescribed medicines if needed
  • Give general advice on controlling and managing symptoms
  • Visit at home if you are housebound

You can refer yourself or a carer or family member can do this.

Continence Team

Isaac Maddox House
Shrub Hill Road
Email: WHCNHS.continence@nhs.net

Continence Product Formulary booklet 2017v12 FINAL-1

Catheter Passport including patient information (version 2). Email for a copy: WHCNHS.continence@nhs.net