Continence services or continence advisory services are specialist teams of nurses and physiotherapists that can help you with bladder and bowel symptoms. Depending on the nature of your symptoms this could include help with:
- exercises to improve bladder or bowel control
- support with medication
- products such as pads or catheters.
You can usually contact your local continence service directly and don't need to be referred by your GP. The Bladder and Bowel Community website allows you to search for local continence services across the UK.
Bladder problems are common symptoms in multiple sclerosis but successful treatment is available and lifestyle changes can make a real difference.
Ask the expert: Bowel and bladder problems
Bowel and bladder symptoms in MS are common and often easily managed, so it’s important to be open about what you’re going through so you can get the support you need. We put some of your questions about these issues to MS specialist nurse Noreen Barker.
Bladder or bowel problems? You're not alone
People are too embarrassed to talk about bladder or bowel problems with health professionals and don’t know what help is available, this is the finding of new guidance from NHS England that aims to improve continence services.