Although many women suffer from bladder leakage and frequent bathroom trips, it does not make it something that you have to live with for the rest of your life. We wish we could shout it from the rooftop.
BLADDER LEAKAGE IS NOT NORMAL. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE WITH INCONTINENCE.
Whew, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about some of the facts before we tackle the myths.
Bladder Problems in Women
Many women suffer from incontinence and for a variety of reasons. In fact, 7% of women aged 29-30 deal with leaky bladders on a daily basis. And, the number only grows as we get older.
Almost 20% of women aged 40-59 and 30% of women 80 or older struggle with bladder problems.
Not to mention, bladder problems in women are caused by a variety of things, including pregnancy, aging and even genetic factors can all lead to an increased chance of incontinence.
Plus, it’s expensive. The average woman with incontinence spends $900 dealing with it every year!
But let’s not forget the good news: It is treatable. And, surgery is not the only option. Read on to learn more about some of the most common myths about bladder leakage and find out your urine leakage treatment options.
1. After having a baby, your bladder will leak for the rest of your life.
Postpartum bladder leakage is very common. So common that almost 1 in 3 women experience stress incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when physical activity, such as running, jumping or even laughing, puts stress on your bladder and causes urine leakage. It is not related to mental stress. It is most often caused by weakened muscles around the bladder or pelvis, but some women experience fallen or prolapsed bladder after having a baby.
If you’ve had a baby and experience urine leakage when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump or even have sex, there are options for treatment.
For some, the muscles may strengthen on their own about 3-6 months post-baby. To help strengthen the muscles faster, try Kegels, losing weight and drinking plenty of water. However, if you are still experiencing regular bladder leakage, talk to your doctor. The leakage can be addressed so you can get back to laughing, sneezing and jumping without wet underwear.
2. Bladder leakage is just another part of aging.
Incontinence is most common in older adults. Specifically, overactive bladder, or the need to urinate frequently. For many, they simply live with the symptoms, taking lots of trips to the bathroom and spending lots of money on pads and panty liners.
Again, although incontinence is common as women age, it is not normal. It is also not something to feel embarrassed about. It can and should be treated to improve your quality of life.
Treatments may include behavioral therapy, medications, medical devices and surgery.
3. Bladder leakage can’t be treated. You just live with it.
As you’ve read above, bladder leakage can almost always be treated. And, it doesn’t always mean surgery. There are a number of options to discuss with your doctor.
The variety of treatment options include:
- Behavioral techniques, such as bladder training, scheduled bathroom trips and diet management
- Pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels
- Medical devices, such as a pessary
- Surgery, including non-mesh options
Talk to your doctor about treatment options that work best with your body.
4. Incontinence doesn’t affect my life.
If you’ve struggled with a leaky bladder, you know that this is an absolute myth. It can impact almost all areas of your life, both physically and mentally.
Incontinence means going to the bathroom is always on your brain. It means you wear panty liners daily and may even travel with a change of clothes. Incontinence means stifling your laugh or avoiding the activities you love. It even means low self-esteem.
Take control of your leaky bladder so you can stop worrying about the bathroom and get back to enjoying life.
5. Drinking less water will help a leaky bladder.
If you think avoiding water will stop a leaky bladder, think again. Staying clear of water to minimize leakage can end up making things worse.
Drinking your eight glasses a day actually helps improve bladder control, reduces urine odor and ultimately leads to less leakage. So, drink up!
However, there are some beverages that CAN make it worse. If you struggle with leakage, avoid coffee, citrus juices and carbonated beverages to help manage your symptoms.
Discover your options for correcting bladder leakage.
Whether you’ve been dealing with bladder leakage for one year or for ten, there is a solution for treating it. Call one of our nurses at the Kaldas Center today and learn more about urine leakage treatment.
Before you know, you’ll be back to laughing, running, jumping and even sneezing – leak-free.