LIGHT BLADDER LEAKAGE – CAN BE CURED OR CONTROLLED IN MOST CASES
Light bladder leakage, which is the inability to control the flow of urine, has plagued and embarrassed thousands of women and men over the ages. Statistically, about one in four women experiences light bladder leakage at some point in their lives.
The incidence of light bladder leakage in men is much less, though it does occur. The symptom of light bladder leakage is passing urine without actually feeling the need to void the bladder.
Causes of light bladder leakage:
Urine incontinence occurs due to the decreased strength of the muscles and ligaments controlling the bladder and the sphincter. When they become weak, any activity that increases the pressure on the bladder will cause urine to flow involuntarily.
There are many activities which increase pressure on the bladder and some of them are: coughing, laughing, sneezing, pregnancy and childbirth, strenuous exercise, urinary tract infection, obesity, diabetes, excessive caffeine and/or alcohol intake, stress etc.
Therefore light bladder leakage may occur due to one or more of these factors and hence for a proper assessment and treatment, it is best to consult your physician.
Light bladder weakness:
The light bladder leakage may be due to light bladder weakness and this condition can be controlled in most cases. There are millions of women and some men who suffer from urine leakage while doing normal activity.
There are different types of incontinence associated with light bladder leakage. You could use an incontinence pad and live with the problem, which is the easy but messy solution.
However, in many cases this problem is treatable and once your doctor knows your medical history, he can suggest an appropriate line of treatment, which could stop the problem once and for all.
Some of the types and causes of bladder leakage:
Women who suffer from stress incontinence experience urine flow involuntarily when they are exercising, straining, coughing, laughing etc. Stress incontinence in women occurs due to multiple pregnancies and childbirth, pelvic surgery, obesity, smoking, alcohol, genetic reasons etc. If there is a family history of stress incontinence, then the chances of it being genetic in origin are very high.
Urge incontinence is also known as an overactive bladder. This type of incontinence is characterized by a sudden urge in going to the toilet, but unable to control the flow of urine before you make it.
The common causes for urge incontinence are bladder or urinary tract infections. Another reason is our due to nerve or muscle damage during surgery or trauma. Medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, strokes etc. are also causative factors.
This type of incontinence usually affects men. It is due to the inability to fully empty the bladder when passing urine. This urine retention causes a constant dribble of urine. The causes are due to weak bladder muscles, blocked urethra plus other medical conditions.
Once a doctor diagnoses the reason behind overflow incontinence, he will be able to suggest a line of treatment to control the problem.
Some women may experience more than one type of incontinence due to a variety of factors. Though frequently the cause may be related at times they may be unrelated and a doctor has to be consulted for diagnosis and treatment.
Pregnancy and childbirth:
This is one of the first times in their lives that women experience incontinence. This type of incontinence is normal in pregnancy and is due to a surge in progesterone. Progesterone is a muscle relaxant and it affects the bladder too.
The growing fetus puts pressure on the bladder and coupled with the effects of progesterone, incontinence is the result. In most cases bladder control returns to normal after childbirth but a few women may need to do exercises to regain control.
There are many other causes for bladder weakness and incontinence. As we get older we may lose full control over our bladder leading to incontinence. Medication and surgery too can cause this problem.
Treatment for light bladder leakage:
* Kegel exercises, which help in strengthening the pelvic muscles, are a very good exercise for eliminating light bladder leakage. You have to alternatively constrict and dilate your sphincters like when you pass urine.
Doing a couple of sets of Kegel exercises, 2 or 3 times a day, will improve muscle tone which in turn helps control incontinence.
* Avoid any activity which puts pressure on your bladder such as strenuous exercises. However, remember to keep yourself well hydrated as you are constantly losing fluids.
* Change your lifestyle and eat healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Moderate exercise which does not put pressure on bladder will also be of help. Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
* There may be many causes which result in light bladder leakage. Therefore, it is necessary that you consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment.
Light bladder leakage affects thousands of men and women. However, it can be controlled or cured to a large extent. Do not accept it silently, be proactive and take treatment.