An estimated 14 million men and women of all ages in the UK have bladder problems1

Are you one of them? Follow the 4 simple steps below or talk in confidence on 0800 011 4786

Bladder problems are not a normal part of aging

There are a number of reasons for developing a bladder problem, and in most cases it can easily be treated.

Check your symptoms

Complete this questionnaire to help determine whether or not you have a bladder problem, and, if so, what type of problem it may possibly be.


During the past week, were you bothered by...

Frequently needing the toilet during the daytime hours (8 or more times a day)?

Suddenly needing the toilet with little or no warning?

Accidental leakage of small amounts of urine, for example when you laugh or cough?

Accidental leakage of a small amount of urine after an urgent and uncontrollable need to go to the toilet?

Waking up two or more times at night to go to the toilet?

A painful or uncomfortable sensation when using the toilet?

Wetting the bed?

It doesn't look like you have an overactive bladder.

But you may have another problem affecting bladder control. That's why it's important to see your doctor who'll be able to diagnose you properly. In the meantime, have a look at the Bladder and Bowel Foundation website, which contains lots of useful information on common bladder problems and complaints.

It looks like you could have an overactive bladder

You may want to print out this questionnaire with your results and discuss the contents with your doctor.

Go to step 2 (Try self help)


The two most common causes of bladder control problems are overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence.2

Overactive bladder means that you feel an intense urge to pass urine when your bladder contracts and squeezes it out. This happens even if your bladder isn't full and you shouldn't really need the toilet. Sometimes this can lead to urge incontinence if you can't make it to the toilet in time.

Stress urinary incontinence means that the bladder leaks a small amount of urine when it's put under pressure, e.g. from laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising or having sex.

Needing the loo at night?

Hear about one of the symptoms of OAB

Request your free guide to bladder problems

Our free guide is designed to help you identify your bladder problem, understand it, and support you through treatment. Inside, you'll find: Information on bladder control problems, lifestyle tips, advice on setting achievable treament goals, advice on speaking to your doctor and a bladder diary.

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Hear Hilary describe her personal experience and how she sought help to improve her quality of life

Know the symptoms of OAB

Recognise the symptoms of OAB as explained by Dr Dawn Harper

What is OAB?

Understand what OAB is as explained by Dr Christian Jessen

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  1. Bladder and Bowel Foundation. Available at URL: (accessed June 2012).
  2. NHS choices, treating urinary incontinence. Available at: