About half of stroke survivors admitted to the hospital will experience loss of bladder control, and about a third will experience loss of bowel control. This is called incontinence.
This can be very distressing for both the stroke survivors and their caregivers. For many, it can be a very sensitive and personal issue that causes embarrassment or a loss of dignity.
While many stroke survivors experience incontinence early on, it has been reported that only 15% will continue to have continence problems a year after their stroke. These are common issues survivors experience and tips for managing post-stroke incontinence.