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5 signs of bladder weakness in women

1 in 3 women in the UK experience urine leakage in one form or another during their lifetime. You may be embarrassed by this, but there is help out there. If you experience any symptomspeak your doctor or practice nurse if you experience any leaks or incontinence.

1. You leak when you sneeze, cough, laugh or exercise

If you experience small leaks of urine when you cough, laugh or sneeze you may be experiencing stress incontinence. It is important to contact your doctor as this can be treated. Your doctor may refer you to a nurse/physio for pelvic floor exercises. If you do these regularly you will experience less leaks.

2. You experience leaks during or after pregnancy

Childbirth is a great strain on the body, especially your pelvic floor muscle. You may find that you experience little leaks both during pregnancy and after giving birth. This can be due to weak pelvic floor muscles or pressure on the bladder. It is important to train the pelvic floor muscles regularly to avoid urine leakage before and after pregnancy.

3. You just don’t make it to the loo

You feel you have to go to the bathroom, but you do not reach the toilet in time. You can have a strong urge to go to the toilet and may experience small leaks or total emptying of your bladder. This is called urge incontinence and it can be treated with medication and pelvic floor exercises.

4. You experience leakage at night

You may find that you pass more urine at night. Adult bed wetting can be caused by a number of factors, poor mobility – not getting to the toilet on time; you may have a history of bed wetting as a child or an underlying health condition which causes you to pass more urine at night. Try to reduce fluid intake after 6 pm to help relieve symptoms and speak with your doctor as you may need medication

5. You feel like you still need to go

No matter how long you are on the toilet, it feels as if the bladder is never completely emptied. Sometimes you may find that urine flows when you have just emptied your bladder. This is called overflow incontinence you may have an underlying medical condition so it is important to contact your doctor.

There is help available!

The first step is to go to the doctor/nurse to help you understand what type of incontinence you are experiencing, the correct diagnosis and treatment can help you manage your symptoms in the meantime there are continence products that can help promote dignity and discretion while you are experiencing incontinence to diagnose the problem.