Key Concepts:

Bladder & Bowel Health

Whether you are here because you have experienced problems with your bladder or bowels, or because you want to prevent future problems, this program is meant to empower women to learn about and improve bladder and bowel health.

We are aware this may be a sensitive topic. Even though we all pee and poop, we have been taught from a young age that it's something we shouldn't talk about, but not anymore!

First things first: What is incontinence?


Urinary incontinence is leakage of urine (pee) that leaves the bladder when we don't want it to. Incontinence can also happen with the bowels. Bowel incontinence is leakage of liquid or solid stool (poop), and it is sometimes called fecal incontinence or accidental bowel leakage. Many of us feel alone and embarrassed when we experience these issues, but they are actually quite common - especially as we get older. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to improve or even prevent our symptoms. It is never too early to start learning about bladder and bowel health!





 

To make the most of this program, it is helpful to understand how the bladder, bowels, and pelvic floor muscles work together. This ten-minute video provides an overview, and explains why the bowels section is helpful for women with bladder issues and vice versa. 

Can't watch the video?

Read the transcript document: 

This website should not take the place of a medical provider.
If information here is different from what you are told by your provider, you should not make changes without talking to your doctor first. 

This site is designed for us to learn from our own experiences—and the experiences of others—as much as we learn from the materials. Check out the Community Forum to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with others!

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This website was created by researchers at the University of Wisconsin in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the College of Engineering. 

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