Women suffer with many different things. Bladder problems can be caused by all sorts of issues, from illnesses both short and long-term to accidents that have caused physical injury and many other things. Whether, as a woman, you need to consider using incontinence products to help alleviate bladder control problems you are facing, or whether you require a greater level of medical assistance to overcome issues, it is important to understand what it is that is causing you discomfort at this time, and what to look out for in terms of different types of bladder problems that women suffer from.
One of the reasons you might be suffering from rushed trips to the bathroom more often than you would like, could be because you are suffering from bladder incontinence. There are different types of incontinence to consider, but it is much more likely in women than in men.
Stress incontinence is common in women who are pregnant or who have just given birth, as the pelvic floor has become weaker and it is harder to squeeze the muscles at the bottom of the bladder. It could be that you are experiencing a little bit of urination whenever you exercise, cough or sneeze. Urge incontinence is where the bladder contracts when it shouldn’t, due to a dysfunction in the bladder, causing some urine leakage. It is often linked to MS and other types of neurological diseases. A mix of the two types of incontinence is not uncommon and can be treated with surgery in the most severe cases.
Incontinence can be caused by stress, an overactive bladder, a pelvic organ prolapse and other issues that can be caused by illness, disease, injury, as well as childbirth and the natural weakening of the bladder muscles through old age.
The opposite problem to incontinence, retention means you have greater trouble in emptying your bladder, which can cause infections over time. It is a common problem that is suffered by the elderly (in particular men with an enlarged prostate), but is also seen in women who have suffered a neurological disease or prolapse due to complications with a surgery.
A urinary tract infection is where bacteria has grown in the bladder and urethra, causing a burning sensation when you urinate, pain, discomfort and the sensation of always needing to go to the toilet. Almost half of all women will experience a UTI at some point in their lives, though it is mostly found in younger women, as well as women that have gone through the menopause.
Once there is a greater understanding of the bladder issues that you are facing as a woman, you can begin to understand the approach that you can take to resolve those issues or to manage them to allow for greater peace of mind and comfort over the coming weeks, months and years depending on what those issues are. Whether you are suffering with an infection that can be treated quite quickly or a long-term issue that causes incontinence and bladder control issues, it is important to understand that there is medical help available, with treatments, rehabilitation and on-going support in the form of exercise and incontinence products that can help alleviate physical issues and help you feel more comfortable and hygienic.