SOME FACTS ABOUT BLADDER WEAKNESS
It’s more common than you think
If you’re currently living with bladder weakness, you’re not alone! In fact, 1 in 4 women experiences some degree of bladder weakness, which can be due to childbirth, stress or menopause.
It can affect anyone
Bladder weakness is not just a “female problem” though. While the condition is more common in women, it is estimated that between 11% and 34% of men deal with some degree of bladder weakness and 2% to 11% live with bladder weakness every day.
It needn’t stop you from enjoying life
There are many treatments for alleviating and managing bladder weakness ranging from simple exercise regimes to pharmaceutical products or surgical interventions. Your medical practitioner will be able to help diagnose the underlying cause and the best way to manage it, and we’re here to support you with our Clemens™ range of pads, discreet protection underwear and slips.
A FEW LIFESTYLE CHANGES COULD HELP YOU LIVE A LITTLE MORE!
Tension, diet and being overweight can all contribute to bladder weakness. The good news is that you can do something about all three:
– Eat more vegetable and fibre. Fibre helps you avoid constipation, which may help reduce pressure on your bladder. Always remember to increase your water intake when you increase your fibre intake to ensure you prevent constipation.
– Reduce tension. Tense situations can make you feel as if you need to pee. Deep breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety. Nowadays, lots of apps are available to offer guidance during a 10-minute meditation session. Studies have shown that regular meditation assists in managing stress and stress hormone levels.
– Losing weight will keep extra kilos from adding to the pressure on your bladder.
DRINK WATER WISELY BUT DO NOT RESTRICT FLUID INTAKE
You might think that cutting back on liquids across the board would reduce your bladder weakness. In fact, it can make your urine more concentrated, which can irritate the bladder.
On the other hand, it’s a good idea not to pressure the bladder by drinking too much liquid at once.
Try these strategies:
- Drink plain water when you’re thirsty. You will know you’re drinking enough if your urine is light yellow or almost colourless.
Instead of one big gulp, sip water throughout the day.
- If you’re waking up to urinate more than twice a night, drink most of your liquids during the waking hours. Limit how much you drink two to three hours before bedtime.