There are different types of bladder weakness, also known as urinary incontinence, depending on the cause.
Stress incontinence is the most common form of bladder weakness. It is caused by physical stress to your pelvic floor muscles which support the bladder and bowel. Leakage can occur as a result of laughing, sneezing, coughing, exercises or even when lifting heavy objects, because these activities cause an increase in abdominal pressure. It can also be triggered during pregnancy. Hormonal changes occurring after the menopause are also known to contribute.
This occurs due to an overactive bladder, which causes involuntary muscles spasms that force urine out of the bladder. Urge incontinence causes a sudden feeling for the need to use the toilet, or a feeling that a person can't reach the bathroom in time. Some people may experience both stress incontinence and urge incontinence at different times.
Overflow and drip incontinence
This is most common in men. It is caused when the bladder doesn't empty completely, so urine starts to build up and muscles become weak, leading to urine loss drop by drop with little sensation or warning.
Neurogenic incontinence occurs through damage to the nerves supplying the urinary system. Damage can occur accidentally, sometimes through surgery or may be associated with degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis.
Treatment – Pharmacy Product
Although there are many treatments such as Pelvic muscle exercises, bladder training, losing weight / keeping fit, eating and drinking right things, we at www.lifepharmacy.co.uk offer many products to help with incontinence aid. Our products include disposable bed pads, undergarments for men & women, plastic mattress covers and pants. These are great products to help you stay dry, support you throughout the day and help you enjoy your life without having to worry about any embarrassments.
A crucial aspect of staying in control of bladder weakness is ensuring the correct protection products are used. Some are suitable for slight leakage whilst others are more absorbent. For further advice on bladder weakness, please call us on 0207 511 8292.