Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction

Bladder and Bowel Dysfunctions Often Come Together

The bladder and bowel are organs that are closely related and often influence each other. Therefore, bladder and bowel symptoms often coexist side by side and interact. In many cases, a successful outcome therefore often requires that bladder and bowel dysfunctions are treated simultaneously. Taking this holistic approach to continence care (including both bladder and bowel dysfunction) can provide better care for patients, resulting in increased quality of life.

On the following pages, we have gathered useful information that could help you understand the reasons behind bladder and bowel problems, and what you can do to regain control

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injury means damage to the spinal cord itself, sometimes in combination with damage to the nerve roots in the lowest section of the spinal cord.

Parkinson's Disease

How does Parkinson's Disease affect the bladder and bowel? In this section we explore the common symptoms, causes and treatments.

Spina Bifida

How Does Spina Bifida Affect Your Bladder and Bowel? Here we explore common symptoms, causes and effects of Spina Bifida.


Diabetes may increase the risk of complications in different parts of the body, such as the bladder and bowel. Here we explore why.

Enlarged Prostate (BPE)

Are you a man experiencing urination problems and wondering about the cause? Here you can read more about the symptoms of Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE).

Multiple Sclerosis

In Multiple sclerosis (MS) the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of the body.

Low Anterior Resection Syndrome - LARS

Low Anterior Resection Syndrome – LARS – is a constellation of symptoms or problems you may experience in varying degrees, after rectal cancer. Rectal function will never be exactly like it was before the surgery, but most people will achieve an acceptable function.