Help with incontinence and continence issues

Help with incontinence and continence issues

Having a healthy toilet regime is an important part of your wellbeing. Visiting the toilet 3 to 7 times each day is perfectly normal, with up to a pint of urine being passed on each occasion.

For some though, continence issues or incontinence to the bladder and the bowel can create an urge and need to visit the toilet more often.

Help for incontinence in Solihull

If you are concerned about your toilet habits, you should visit your GP.

As well as letting you know what services are available in your area, they will be able to give you information on incontinence products such as:

These are available in local care shops and good health shops. The Bladder and Bowel Community also has information about:

Your GP will be able to see if your incontinence is because of another medical issue, or they may refer you to the Continence Advisory Service Solihull or the Women’s Health Physiotherapy service at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Alternatively, if you are over 16, you can contact the Continence Advisory Service Solihull directly for a confidential chat by calling 0121 704 2381.

Private providers of continence support, helpful products, advice and information may also be listed in the Solihull Directory.

Breaking the taboo with the Bladder and Bowel Community

There is no need to be embarrassed about incontinence. It is a very common issue. It is also one of the last taboos in society today but is something that really needs to be talked about.

This is something the Bladder and Bowel Community certainly wants to happen.

With at least 1 in 4 (25 per cent) of us having trouble with bladder control and at least 1 in 10 of us (10 per cent) of us struggling with bowel control throughout our lives, it represents a bigger problem than asthma, diabetes and epilepsy all together!

The Bladder and Bowel Community provides a great deal of advice for this uncomfortable, embarrassing and problematic condition. Confidential advice is available from specialist Bladder and Bowel Community nurses on 0800 031 5412.

Toilet Card

The Bladder and Bowel Community runs a 'Just Can't Wait' toilet card scheme. The Just Can't Wait card is accepted in Solihull, throughout the West Midlands and across the UK. The card helps people with toilet issues access public facilities quickly.

The Just Can't Wait Toilet Card is free of charge and you can apply directly from the Bladder and Bowel Community website.

RADAR toilets in Solihull

There are a number of accessible toilets in Solihull which can be accessed by RADAR toilet key holders.

For more information and to find your nearest accessible toilet or RADAR toilet, you can visit:

Incontinence myths

There are many myths about incontinence, making it difficult to understand just what the truth is. The Bladder and Bowel Community explores some of these myths on its website.

  • Myth: Incontinence is a woman’s problem
  • Truth: Incontinence can be anyone's problem
    • when it comes to bladder incontinence, both men and women can be affected
    • women are more likely to have bladder incontinence issues, with 1 in 3 (32 per cent) of the population experiencing it. However, over 1 in 10 (13 per cent) of men will experience it too
  • Myth: Incontinence is an old person’s problem
  • Truth: Incontinence can be anyone's problem
    • it is more likely that the older you get the more likely you are to experience continence difficulties. However, it can affect anyone at any time
    • it is estimated that around 5 million under 24 year olds experience bladder and bowel incontinence

Types of incontinence

Incontinence can be experienced in a number of ways. It can affect both the bladder and the bowel and can be caused by stress as well as other medical conditions.

  • Stress incontinence
    • stress incontinence can strike at any time and can affect anyone no matter how old or young they are
    • commonly, it can happen during exercise, when coughing, laughing or sneezing and when lifting something
  • Urge incontinence
    • urge incontinence presents itself as a compulsion to go to the toilet even when the bladder is not full
    • urge incontinence is typically a result of an overactive bladder which can be caused by bladder stones, diabetes, infections, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and spinal injuries. In men, prostate problems can commonly cause an overactive bladder
  • Bowel (faecal) incontinence:
    • there are a number of bowel incontinences which can typically be experienced as an accident when the toilet could not be reached in time.
    • bowel incontinence is typically cause by neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and spinal injuries

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