This leaflet provides information for patients attending a clinic to assess bladder and bowel dysfunction. Losing control of the bladder or bowel is a very distressing and embarrassing problem that can be difficult to talk about. It can happen to almost anyone, young to old, men, women and children. There are many different types of bladder and bowel problems and for most people these are curable once the cause has been found. A continence assessment, undertaken by a professional who has expert knowledge in this field, is the first step to making things better.