Bladder weakness, also known as urinary incontinence, describes the condition when the bladder leaks involuntarily. The problem can vary in severity and people with bladder weakness can lose relatively small to large quantities of urine at any one time. Incontinence, or bladder weakness, affects more than six million people in the UK. It is more common than hayfever, with one in four women over the age of 35 known to experience bladder weakness. This is mainly due to pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause. It is also estimated that one in nine men experience bladder weakness, usually associated with their prostate.
Urinary incontinence symptoms usually depend on the type you have, with stress incontinence caused when the bladder is under pressure, such as when coughing or laughing, while urge incontinence is when you feel a sudden urge to pass urine.
- Keep Drinking - Drink normally to quench natural thirst, this should be enough to keep your urine healthy. Your urine should be a pale straw colour.
- Cut down on tea, coffee and alcohol, these are diuretics which will make the body produce more urine. It is recommended that no more than 4 cups of tea and coffee are consumed per day.
- Pelvic Floor - Practice exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles to aid control of the bladder. Get advice from your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist to ensure you are doing them correctly.
- Be Prepared - Carry a bag of essentials including spare pants, bladder weakness pads and wet wipes in case of an emergency.
- Avoid Constipation - Straining can put additional stress on your pelvic floor, so eat plenty of fibre.
- Keep your GP Informed - It is always a good idea to let your Doctor know if you are experiencing bladder weakness.
- When using pads for bladder weakness, you will need on average 3 pads per day. If you need more pads than this you should consider using a pad with higher absorbency.
- For more information you can call the TENA helpline on 0800 655 6022 or visit their website www.tena.co.uk
Products we recommend for this condition are:
- Tena Lady Extra 10s
- Tena Pants Plus Med 9s
- Tena Lady Normal 12s
- Tena For Men Level Two 10s
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