Incontinence Guide + New Pants available from Superdrug
Did you know that almost half of all women will experience bladder weakness at some time in their lives? So you're not alone. But what’s more important is that you don't let it compromise the way you live or affect your confidence, even if you lose just the occasional few drops.
Forms and degrees of bladder weakness can vary from person to person, and while the condition does get more common as people age, it is not an inevitable part of ageing and can affect young people too.
Bladder weakness is more widespread amongst women than men, and tends to be more common in women who have had children and are going through the menopause. Nevertheless, both sexes can develop bladder weakness at any age and men with Prostrate problems are common sufferers of bladder weakness.
Types of Bladder Weakness
The two main types of urinary incontinence are Stress incontinence and Urge incontinence and are considered to account for up to 90% of all cases of the condition. It is also possible to have a mixture of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are too weak to prevent urination and may result in a loss of a few drops of urine whilst running or coughing.
Urge incontinenceoccurs when an individual feels a strong, sudden urge to urinates just before loosing varying amounts of urine.