Chronic heart failure

Chronic heart failure affects around 300,000 Australians. Some of the symptoms and treatments of this condition can contribute to bladder and bowel problems.


Incontinence in people with dementia is mostly related to the inability to recognise the toilet, coordinate toileting actions, and cleaning themselves after going to the toilet.


People with diabetes commonly experience problems with bladder and bowel control. This can involve accidental leakage, incomplete emptying, passing urine (wee) frequently, or feeling the need to rush to the toilet.

Parkinson Disease

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that can affect bladder control and cause constipation.


Difficulty with bladder and bowel control is common after stroke. While it can be frustrating, it can be better managed and even cured.


Arthritis does not directly affect the bladder or bowel for most people. It is the loss of mobility and joint stiffness that prevents a person from reaching the toilet in time.

Mental health

People with mental illness may experience problems associated with bladder and bowel control, but the cause may not be due to their illness.


Last Updated: Mon 22, Apr 2024
Last Reviewed: Wed 01, Apr 2020