Tips and advice for dealing with bladder weakness
The first step is to look and see if a few simple, lifestyle changes can make a positive difference.
You may be tempted to reduce the amount of fluid you drink, but this can make your urine more concentrated, aggravating the bladder and making it more active. We recommend that you drink as normal, responding to your natural thirst. This should be enough to keep the urine a healthy, pale straw colour. As you might expect, drinking too much will just increase the urge to ’go’ so just try and keep a healthy balance.
Life is for living and bladder weakness
should never force you to curb your pleasures! However, you need to be aware that caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks are diuretics, which will make you visit the toilet more.
There is a link between being overweight and bladder weakness. So, if you have ambitions to slim down a bit, this might be an incentive to start.
If you’re a smoker
Actually it’s not the smoking itself that causes bladder weakness, but the associated coughing that can put pressure on the bladder. So perhaps that’s another reason to think about quitting?
Exercising (without the sweat)
Bladder control can often be improved by Pelvic Floor Exercises, so this kind of physiotherapy is generally regarded as the first treatment for Stress Incontinence. In fact, up to 70% of mild to moderate cases can be improved or even cured by regular and correct Pelvic Floor Exercises over 3 to 6 months.
Pelvic Floor Excersies have also been found to help in some cases of Urge Incontinence.
But remember, you have to keep up the exercise to make the effects last: these exercises work by re-establishing control over the muscles that keep the urethra shut. And it’s never too late to start – even in your 70s and 80s you could improve your symptoms! For a step-by-step guide to Pelvic Floor Exercises, visit the exercise area.
A specialist may recommend techniques such as Biofeedback and electrical stimulation to help carry out these exercises properly.
Make life easy on yourself
When you have the sudden urge to go, the last thing you want is an obstacle race to the toilet or a struggle with your clothes. So make sure you make access to your toilet easy and avoid fiddly clothing with awkward fastenings. A helpful bladder weakness tip: dungarees are probably not a good idea!
Where physiotherapy/bladder retraining is not the answer, there are certain other options the doctor may consider. The insertion of a catheter with a portable drainage bag may be a temporary measure, particularly if your bladder weakness is the result of other surgery from which you are recuperating.
The most commonly used medical devices are absorbent bladder weakness products. They are specially designed to protect against urine leakage and odours, and come in a range of sizes and absorbency levels. Click here to learn more about the benefits of bladder weakness protection.
Drugs and surgery
In some countries there are prescription drugs used for the treatment of Stress Incontinence and in some cases your urologist or urogynaecologist may consider surgical procedures. For details on these it is best to consult a continence specialist or urologist.
There are some medicines that can help reduce the bladder’s overactivity (Urge Incontinence), but surgical solutions are rare. For details on medication it is best to consult a continence specialist or urologist.
Help with urge incontinence
Sometimes referred to as an overactive bladder, as the name suggests this is when you get a sudden and unstoppable need ‘to go’.
With this type of bladder weakness, the next thing to try is bladder retraining which can work in up to 50% of cases. This is where you encourage your bladder to hold larger amounts of urine for longer and reduce the number of times you actually urinate. You do this by holding off ‘going’ for as long as possible, to stop your bladder ‘exaggerating’ the need to go even when it is only half full. It tends to get easier over time.
Help with mixed incontinence
The best advice for Mixed Incontinence is to concentrate on the most dominant symptoms and try and manage these first. You could start by doing Pelvic Floor Exercises for Stress Incontinence or bladder retraining for Urge Incontinence. Then once your main symptoms improve, begin dealing with the other symptoms.
Help with functional incontinence
If a physical or mental disability prevents you from getting to a toilet in time, it is not your fault and it is important not to let this cause stress and anxiety. There is little that can be done medically in these circumstances but you can minimise the impact of any accidents by using bladder weakness protection. This will ensure you’ll always be confident that any escaped urine will be completely contained and you’ll stay fresh, dry and comfortable.
Help with neurological incontinence
Unfortunately this is hard to treat but bladder weakness protection will ensure it doesn’t have an unnecessary impact on your everyday living.
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