Stroke Awareness Month

We are raising awareness around continence and strokes for Stroke Awareness Month.

People who have a stroke often have a problem controlling their bladder and/or bowel after it. These problems, though difficult to address initially, can be resolved in time. The reasons for developing continence problems after a stroke vary and there could be a number of explanations such as:

  • Lack of full consciousness
  • Damage to part of the brain which controls the bladder/bowel
  • Difficulty in mobility making it more difficult to reach the bathroom in time

Just as there are a number of different explanations for why continence issues may occur after a stroke, there are also a variety of ways in which continence problems can present themselves, some examples are:

  • Frequency: needing to pass urine more often
  • Urgency: sudden and urgent need to pass urine
  • Nocturia: passing urine whilst asleep
  • Functional incontinence: stroke effects hinder mobility creating difficulty in unfastening clothes in time to use the toilet
  • Stress incontinence: urinary leakage when coughing, sneezing or laughing

Identifying and Addressing the Problems

Your healthcare professionals will likely carry out an assessment to establish the nature and cause of your difficulties in order to create an effective treatment plan going forward. Once the underlying cause of the continence problems has been identified, treatments suitable can be identified and put into place.

Learn more about Strokes and continence problems on the Stroke Association website -

  • 05 May 2021