Loss of bladder control is a common and very treatable issue!
Loss of bladder control is a common and very treatable issue. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you don't get to a toilet in time. Treatments recommended include pelvic floor muscle training and education and electrical stimulation.
Understanding bladder leakage / incontinence:
Urinary incontinence refers to any time you lose urine when you don’t want to. Along with leaking, there may be other symptoms:
Urgency: A strong desire to urinate, even when the bladder is not full. Pelvic discomfort or pressure sometimes accompanies this.
Frequency: Urinating more than six to eight times a day or more than once every two hours (with normal fluid intake).
Nocturia: Awakening from sleep because of the urge to urinate. This varies with age and is not necessarily abnormal until it occurs regularly more than two or three times a night.
Among the things that contribute to urinary incontinence are: weak pelvic floor muscles, bladder infection, obesity, pregnancy, chronic illness/cough, constipation, medications, urinary tract abnormalities, neuromuscular disorders, stress, cigarette smoking, caffeine intake, and hormonal changes of menopause.
How can I prevent bladder leakage?
Specialty trained pelvic floor physical therapists will evaluate and assess your unique needs and create a plan of care to help you regain bladder control. Specific exercises and modalities will help to strengthen and coordinate your pelvic floor muscles. Bladder retraining will help you regain regular urinary cycles. Additionally, lifestyle choices, such different food and drink options, may be discussed so that the bladder will be less irritable. Together, you and your therapist will work together to help you regain proper functioning of your bladder so you can get back to your favorite activities!