If you struggle to control your bladder or bowels, you are not alone; The NHS estimates that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence and 1.4% of the population suffer from major faecal incontinence.  This section provides some resources that may support you to self-manage and improve your continence, and where to access further specialist support should you require it.  However, it is important if you experience a sudden deterioration in your bladder or bowel control, especially if you are feeling unwell or are experiencing back or leg pain and/or numbness or pain around your genitals or back passage, that you seek urgent medical assessment.


Pelvic floor exercises are often given as first line of intervention when managing incontinence. These muscle weaken as part of the normal aging process and it is often beneficial to practice these exercises daily regardless as to whether you are suffering from incontinence or not. The information in the booklets linked below is a good starting point.

For women: (“Advice from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy”) https://pogp.csp.org.uk/system/files/publication_f...

For men: (“Advice from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy”) https://pogp.csp.org.uk/system/files/publication_f...

This booklet is for women who know they have or feel they might have symptoms associated with a pelvic organ prolapse. The information will help you understand what a prolapse is, what the causes may be and what you might be able to do to improve the symptoms you are experiencing. The information in the booklet linked below is a good starting point.

Advice from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy : https://pogp.csp.org.uk/system/files/publication_f...

Bowel problems can occur at any age and the type of problem you have may influence the treatment you are offered. This leaflet outlines some conservative (non-surgical) treatments you may be offered and some changes you may be able to make yourself to help your symptoms. The information in the booklet linked below is a good starting point.

Advice from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy:

https://pogp.csp.org.uk/system/files/publication_f...

Incontinence can happen at any age, and many people have a problem at some time in their lives. Most people with incontinence can be helped by physiotherapy. A specialist continence physiotherapist will help you to understand and manage your problem. The information in the booklet linked below is a good starting point.

Advice from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: https://pogp.csp.org.uk/system/files/publication_f...

See the attached link below for information on how to access Lincolnshire Continence Advisory Service (“for assessment, treatment and guidance for continence issues”) https://www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nh...

Referral for pelvic obstetrics and gynaecology physiotherapy is available at United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust up on referral from your GP practice or health professional.