Do you struggle with urinary incontinence or otherwise known as having an overactive bladder? Bladder leaks & strong urges can have men & women feeling helpless, frustrated, and tired. Read more to see what may be causing you to have bladder leaks & how to help stop them.
What is An Overactive Bladder?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “As your bladder fills, nerve signals sent to your brain eventually trigger the need to urinate. When you urinate, nerve signals coordinate the relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles & the muscles of the urethra. The muscles of the bladder tighten (contract), pushing urine out. When you have an overactive bladder, those muscles start to contract, even when the volume of urine in the bladder is low.” These contractions create an urgent need to urinate.” It gives you the feeling that you “gotta go” and quickly too.
What Is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Not all leaks are caused by the same reason. You may find yourself peeing a little bit when you sneeze, laugh, cough, or doing other physical activities. This is different than an overactive bladder and is known as stress urinary incontinence. Stress Urinary Incontinence happens when urine leaks out with sudden pressure on the bladder & urethra.
The Difference Between Them
With Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), the urethra cannot stop the sudden increase in pressure. Think of the pelvic floor like a hammock (reference diagram above.) When there is pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, it lets the urethra open which results in bladder leaks.
With an overactive bladder (OAB), the bladder spasms & squeezes uncontrollably. Those spams are sending signals to your brain that you have to urinate, even when you don’t have to go.
What Causes Uncontrollable Bladder Leaks?
Bladder leaks can happen to women from pregnancy & childbirth. In men, it could be that you have an enlarged prostate. However, there are other factors that can cause SUI such as smoking, constipation, or being overweight.
How urinary incontinence is affecting your bathroom habits.
Not many people associate incontinence as a bladder problem. As yourself these questions:
- Going to the bathroom more than 10x in a day?
- Have strong, sudden urges to use the bathroom & fear you won’t make it?
- Do you get up 2-3 times at night to use the bathroom?
- Are you wearing pads, liners, or discreet undergarments in case of an accident?
- If you are exercising, laughing, or sneezing, do you find that you may leak a little?
- Are you not drinking as much water in fear that you may not make it to the bathroom in time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be struggling with an overactive bladder or stress urinary incontinence.
Here are some simple tips on how to treat urinary incontinence:
- Do Pelvic Floor or Kegel Exercises which can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Your Pelvic muscles support your bladder & can help to tighten up the sphincter muscle.
- Train your bladder: setting bathroom times can help control how often you go to the bathroom.
- Change your eating habits. Certain foods and drinks can signal the bladder that you have to pee quickly:
Alcohol, soda, coffees, teas, tomato-based foods, and artificial sugars are known as bladder irritants and can make you use the bathroom more often.
- Have regular bowel movements. The large intestine rests on top of the bladder muscle. If you are constipated, it may be putting pressure on your bladder, resulting in uncontrollable bladder leaks.
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*To see best results, give a minimum of 6-8 weeks. Give your body some time to adjust to these new changes. You’re retraining your body and mind. There is no such thing as overnight results.
*These statements has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.