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Stroke information

Bladder and bowel problems after stroke

Bladder and bowel problems are common after a stroke. Many people soon recover, but if you have longer-term problems, there are treatments and support that can help you get on with daily life.

Bladder and bowel control can be caused by several things including the stroke itself, effects of medication, constipation and bladder infections. It can also happen if you have communication or mobility problems, and can't ask for help or get to the toilet in time.

This guide explains how to get help with continence problems and the main types of treatment used. Treatments include having more fibre and fluids in your diet, bladder and bowel re-training, pelvic floor exercises and treatments for constipation. Plus practical tips for living well such as having a daily routine, good hygiene, and products to use when you go out.

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