Myths and Facts
We have collected a range of myths and facts about bladder control that might help clear up some uncertainties or questions you may have on this subject. The important thing to remember is that bladder weakness often can be treated with good results. If you are uncertain about what treatment would be best for you, we recommend you talk to your continence advisor or urologist to get help and advice.
Myth: Bladder problems only affect older people
Young people, both men and women, can be affected by bladder weakness, for a variety of reasons. Although there are several aspects of aging (menopause and prostate conditions) which can have an effect on bladder health the phenomenon is definitely not limited to our grandparents.
Fact: Bladder Training might help
Bladder training is a first step that may help some people with overactive bladders. You resist the first urge to go and wait for the scheduled time. Gradually, you can try holding on longer. Another approach is to perform pelvic floor exercises, and these two methods together can sometimes substantially cut overactive bladder episodes. Talk to your continence advisor or urologist on how to get started. Have a go at pelvic floor exercises as they can ease discomfort of overactive bladder. We recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor.
Myth: Small Bladder, Large Problems
Some people blame a small bladder for frequent leaks, but your body's normal "capacity" is rarely the true cause of a problem with bladder weakness. In healthy people, that capacity ranges from one to two cups of fluid. The real issue is more likely to be weak muscles, medication side effects, infection, or damage to the nerves -- and effective treatments could be available.
Fact: A Healthy Bladder in a Healthy Body
A healthy lifestyle may play a supportive role in preventing and lessening some bladder problems. Doctors say getting regular physical activity and doing pelvic floor exercises can reduce stress incontinence, the leakage caused by coughing, laughing, or sneezing. Smoking less, or, even better, stop smoking altogether will reduce extensive coughing which also has an effect on bladder weakness.
Myth: Drinking Less Is Best
Waving off the waiter when he tries to refill your glass may help a little. But doctors say a fully functioning bladder should be able to handle a normal fluid intake. You might want to consider downsizing that morning cup of coffee or skipping the cola because caffeine is a bladder stimulant and having a glass of water instead.
Myth: Bladder Problems Are a Fact of Life
If bladder problems are bothering you, talk with your health-care provider. Incontinence is a medical problem - not an inevitable part of aging. Treatments will depend on a person’s specific problem and overall health, and people who seek help often see improvements in their symptoms resulting in improvements to their day-to-day life.
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