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Bladder and bowel information guide

It’s not always easy to speak about bladder and bowel problems, but they can really impact your day-to-day life, so it’s important to reach out if you need help. Bladder and bowel problems are nothing to be embarrassed about – they can affect people of all ages. Our guide is a good first step to getting the help you need.

This guide outlines types of bladder and bowel problems and recommends possible next steps to take. It covers:

  • explanations of the bladder and the bowel
  • how to prepare for an appointment with a healthcare professional
  • possible treatment options
  • things you can do to help yourself.

It also lists useful organisations that you can contact for further information and, if you need it, support that's tailored to you.

Download your guide (PDF, 4 MB)

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Want to order print versions of our information guides?

If you’re a professional or organisation, please email orders@ageuk.co.uk. In your email please include how many you'd like of each guide and a full postal address of where you'd like them sent. Delivery normally takes around 10 days.

If you'd like to place an order for yourself, you can call our advice line on 0800 678 1602 or email us at orders@ageuk.co.uk – please include your full postal address and allow 10 days for delivery.

Need this guide in another format?

This guide is also available in other formats if that's more suitable for you.

  • You can request a free printed copy of this guide that we'll post to you. 
  • You can also request this guide in large print or audio format.

To request any of these options, you can call the advice line on 0800 678 1602.

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Last updated: Oct 25 2023

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