Living with incontinence

Breaking the taboo

Around one in four people has experienced bowel or bladder weakness. It affects men and women, both young and old, yet many people keep it a secret for years.

How to get NHS help for incontinence

Don't be embarrassed about getting medical help for incontinence. Here's where to find expert advice.

10 ways to stop leaks

Try these simple methods to improve or get rid of the symptoms of bowel and bladder weakness.

Video: 'My stress incontinence'

Kate describes her experience of stress incontinence and how she finally got help and effective treatment.

Living with incontinence

How to cope with incontinence, including advice on travelling, sex, skincare, hygiene and emotional wellbeing.

'How I beat urge incontinence'

Nurse Debbie Flynn describes how she beat urge incontinence with a technique called bladder retraining.

Incontinence products

A guide to the most helpful products for bowel and bladder weakness, including pads, bedding and appliances.


Urinary incontinence

Stress, childbirth and age can all cause incontinence. Get expert advice on treatments, including pelvic floor exercises, medication and surgery.

Media last reviewed: 18/03/2013

Next review due: 18/03/2015

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