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.

Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It's a common problem thought to affect millions of people worldwide.

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.

Living with incontinence

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

Incontinence products

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

Women's health 60-plus

Healthy lifestyle advice for women over 60. Find out about recognising and living with health conditions, self-help advice, NHS services and real stories.

Men's health 60-plus

Health advice for men over 60, including how much to exercise, how to have a healthy diet, prostate problems, blood pressure and looking after your eyesight.

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: 07/05/2017

Next review due: 07/05/2020