Continence, Colorectal & Stoma Service

Self-care information

Bladder and Bowel Self-Help Information 

We have put together some self-care information about bladder and bowel health which will help you understand more about what you are experiencing and how you can try different ways to help improve your condition. Many continence issues can be improved or cured with some lifestyle changes or by following some simple exercises. 

Bladder Health

These video clips are about bladder health, everything from how to spot an infection, pelvic floor exercises, what is incontinence and looking after a catheter.

A guide to a healthy Bladder

How to spot a urine infection

What is incontinence?

How to look after your urine catheter

Keeping hydrated

Preventing dehydration

Pelvic Floor and Pelvic Physiotherapy Information

This information will help you understand more about pelvic floor muscles and what you can do to improve your condition.

Pelvic floor relaxation

Pelvic floor strengthening

How to Assess Your Pelvic Floor Muscles 

Sex & The pelvic Floor Part 1

Sex & The Pelvic Floor Part 2

Pelvic Pain - NHS UK

Stoma Support

This information contains general advice and is not intended to replace any specific advice given to you directly by a healthcare professional. If in doubt, please consult NHS111, your GP or Stoma Care Nurse directly.

Urostomy Association

IA Support

Colostomy UK

NHS UK (then search for your specific stoma: Colostomy, Ileostomy, Urostomy)

Stoma Care Self Help Guide Endorsed by ASCN UK

If you use a delivery company for your stoma equipment, their website may also have some useful information.

National Resources

These NHS sites provide information and support for a whole range of bowel conditions.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease - NHS UK

Bowel Incontinence - NHS UK


These national charities provide excellent information and support for anyone with a bowel or bladder condition.

Bowel Cancer UK 

Bladder & Bowel UK

Crohn’s and Colitis UK (NACC)

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