Bladder and
bowel conditions

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Understanding bladder and bowel symptoms

Do you plan life around the bathroom?

You’re not alone. Bladder and bowel problems like incontinence, retention, frequency/urgency, and more can disrupt your life, your freedom, and your confidence. Even when medications may fail, have hope: life-changing therapies are out there.

Six people with one person highlighted indicating one in six adults suffer from bladder control problems.

One in 6 adults suffers from overactive bladder symptoms.1 One in 12 adults suffers from bowel incontinence.2,3

Causes of bladder and bowel symptoms

When your body is functioning properly, nerves signal your brain when your bladder or rectum are full and need to empty. When you experience troublesome symptoms, there may be a disruption in the communication between your brain and your bladder or bowel.4,5 Targeting this communication may help restore* function.5-7

Common types of bladder and bowel problems

  • Urinary urgency/frequency
  • Non-obstructive urinary retention
  • Urinary urge incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence (FI)

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Restoration of function is defined as a 50 percent or greater reduction in your troublesome bladder or bowel symptoms from baseline.


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Whitehead WE, Borrud L, Goode PS, et al. Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterol. 2009;137(2):512–517.


Ditah I, Devaki P, Luma HN et al. Prevalence, trends, and risk factors for fecal incontinence in United States adults, 2005-2010. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014;12:636–643.


Griffiths D, Derbyshire S, Stenger A, Resnick N. Brain control of normal and overactive bladder. J Urol. 2005;174:1862–1867.


Patton V, Wiklendt L, Arkwright JW, et al. The effect of sacral nerve stimulation on distal colonic motility in patients with fecal incontinence. Br J Surg. 2013;100(7):959–968.


Leng WW, Morrisroe SN. Sacral nerve stimulation for the overactive bladder. Urol Clin N Am. 2006;33:491–501.


Chancellor MB, Chartier-Kastler EJ. Principles of sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) for the treatment of bladder and urethral sphincter dysfunctions. Neuromod. 2000;3(1):15–26.