Incontinence Help & Advice
A large part of living in confidence is understanding about your condition and taking positive steps to manage it.
We aim to provide all the information you need to do this in our Help and Advice sections.
Urinary Incontinence (or Bladder Weakness) is passing urine when you don't mean to because of partial or total loss of bladder control. If you have urinary incontinence then it could be due to a number of different factors connected with either the muscles or the nerve supply to control your bladder.
Types of Incontinence
There are a number of different types of incontinence and it is important to understand which type of incontinence you (or the person you care for) is experiencing to help manage incontinence effectively.
We have a section dedicated to Urinary Incontinence which explains more about the causes of urinary incontinence.
If you are experiencing stress incontinence then you are not alone as this is the most common type of incontinence.
People with urge incontinence experience an urgent desire to pass urine and are not able to reach a toilet in time. People may also find they tend to pass urine more often than normal.
This is when you experience symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence. For example, you may leak urine if you cough or sneeze, but also experience the very intense urges to pass urine caused by urge incontinence.
Overflow incontinence occurs when you are unable to completely empty your bladder. This leads to overflow, which leaks out unexpectedly.
Faecal incontinence is an inability to control bowel movements, resulting in the involuntary passage of stools.
Functional incontinence is the inability to reach the toilet in time because of the difficulties caused by physical or mental illness.
Although women have a higher chance of experiencing incontinence, male incontinence is still relatively common.
We also get lots of enquiries for information from Carer's and so we have put together a special section for Carers to provide information and advise on how to approach the topic with loved one's and how to help manage their condition effectively so that life can continue as normal.
Dementia & Incontinence Management
It is vital to establish an accurate continence assessment for people with dementia. This will identify what type of incontinence the individual is experiencing and thus should ensure an appropriate management plan.
Help & Advice Videos
We believe in providing a personal service to our customers and to help you understand and manage incontinence effectively, we've created some help & advice videos which cover some of the basics.
If you have a question that you can't find the answer for, then Ask Shona, our nurse specialist for general advice on continence.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ's contains lots of other questions you might have about how products work, how best to use them and the benefits of different product types.
We've also added useful links to other organisations who can provide information specifically on continence or bladder weakness, as well as general health information and specific condition support groups.
Choosing an Incontinence Product
No matter whether your continence issue is a temporary or ongoing problem, choosing the right product for your needs is important to ensure comfort, security and dignity. Yet with some many different types of product available it’s difficult to know where to start.
Our Incontinence Product Finder guide is there for you if your not sure which is the right product for your needs. Through four simple questions we hope to give you a short list of suitable products to choose from.
Product Comparison Chart
As a new way to discover products, we have created a comprehensive product comparison chart for an easy overview of what is available on the market.
Male Incontinence Products
Select from our male incontinence products.
Female Incontinence Products
Select from our female incontinence products.
We have fitting guides and videos for most products we offer. These have been designed to help customers who might be using a product for the first time and will ensure that each product is fitted properly and securely.
Click here to view our full range of literature designed to help you manage incontinence.