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About COB

What Does The COB Foundation Do?

 The Cystitis and Overactive Bladder (COB) Foundation gives support to people with all forms of cystitis, overactive bladder and continence issues together with their families and friends. We are the largest bladder patient support charity in the UK. We have the busiest message board forums in Europe and the most widely used website for those bladder illness sufferers seeking information, help and support.

The goals of the foundation are:

  • The relief of sickness of persons suffering from all forms of Cystitis, Overactive Bladder and Continence issues.
  • To provide sufferers, their families and friends with support and contact with other sufferers.
  • The advancement of education amongst the general public and the medical profession into the causes and treatments of all forms of Cystitis, Overactive Bladder and Continence.
  • The promotion of research into the causes and treatment of all forms of cystitis and overactive bladder on terms that the results of such research are published.


The COB Foundation has been in existence since 2003 and we have grown in to the largest bladder patient support charity in the UK. Our membership is increasing year-on-year and our telephone advice line receives a constant stream of enquiries from those in need of support and information. Our membership also includes health care professionals, who join us to learn more about our resource information and the current therapies and treatment options that are available to aid sufferers.

We work with department of health organisations and other medical bodies to improve patient care and share information.

The support we provide

Joining the COB Foundation will enable you to understand your bladder illness and find ways to help manage your symptoms. Your membership is a very important part of our on-going work to raise awareness of bladder illness, not only for sufferers, but also their families, friends and employers. To find out more about the full benefits of becoming a member here.

Check out our resources section to find out what else is available to help inform you about your bladder problem. There are also our very popular message boards which enable sufferers to discuss conditions and support each other live online. In addition to providing information via this website, the COB Foundation also offers more help to members via local groups and our magazine.

Since the beginning, the charity has produced a very informative magazine, providing up-to-date information on the latest treatments, research, resources and story features. There is a facility to write and have letters, opinions and experiences published or pose questions to our medical advisers.

We have a network of support available in some geographical areas for our members. The groups are run by volunteers who are fellow sufferers. We also operate a “phone-pals” system, which enables members to talk to each other for advice and support.

Please note: The COB Foundation does not engage in the practice of medicine.  It is not a medical authority nor does it claim to have medical knowledge.  In all cases we recommend that you consult your own doctor or urologist regarding any course of treatment or medication.