Department of Health


Bladder control and bowel problems are common. An estimated 4 million Australians have bladder control problems and about 1 million Australians have poor bowel control.

Many people feel too embarrassed to talk about their concerns with their doctor. But, doctors and other health professionals can often help or even cure bladder control problems.

You can take control of your bladder and bowel by knowing how they work and being more aware of bladder and bowel control problems. Managing bladder or bowel control problems may be different for men and women:

There are also a number of issues that are common to all ages: