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Weak Bladder: What Can Your Do to Improve Your Weak Bladder (Urinary Incontinence) Symptoms

Updated on November 3, 2013

Weak Bladder - Are you frustrated because with your urinary incontinence symptoms?

Are you frustrated because you can’t always control when you urinate? When you cough or sneeze, are you worried that urine might leak out? When you feel the need to urinate, are you afraid that you won’t make it to the bathroom in time? If so, you are not alone. Urinary incontinence is a common problem for millions of women. Here are some tips on how to deal with this touchy issue. For more information, consult with your urologist to determine what combination of behavior modifications is most likely to improve your weak bladder symptoms.

Urinary Incontinence is a Common Problem

Although millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence or weak bladder, it’s a subject that few of them ever discuss with anyone else, even with their physician. That’s because the involuntary loss of urine can be so embarrassing that many women are too ashamed to even mention it.

The result is that as many as ninety percent of women with incontinence avoid seeking medical help for the problem that is treatable and even curable. They think incontinence is just something you have to deal with. But it isn’t!

You may be surprised to learn that there are some very simple things you can do that may treat this problem. In fact, treating your incontinence/weak bladder may require nothing more than a few changes in your lifestyle or a few easy exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. These types of treatments are called behavioral therapies, and many doctors recommend them as the first line of treatment. They can be very effective, without any negative side effects, and usually they don’t cost anything.

Weak Bladder: What Can You Do to Reduce or Get Rid of that Problem?

The following are some of the lifestyle changes that are easy to introduce to reduce severity of your symptoms:

-- Change the types of fluids you consume. -- Beverages that act as diuretics or that irritate the bladder can make your symptoms worse. These include coffee, tea, acidic fruit juices, and carbonated soda drinks. Eliminating these types of beverages and drinking water or other nonirritating drinks instead can be helpful in reducing your symptoms of urgency and urinary leakage.

-- Limit the amount of fluids you drink throughout the day. -- It’s recommended that we drink six to eight eight-ounce glasses of fluids daily. However, you may require more or less than this depending on your activity level and other factors. If you are not sure, Ask your doctor approximately how much you should be drinking each day.

-- Change your diet. -- In many cases, making changes to diet may improve your symptoms. Spicy foods, acidic foods, pickled foods, artificial sweeteners, and many other foods can irritate your bladder.

-- Lose weight.-- If you are overweight and especially if you are obese, losing weight can be one of the best ways to reduce the severity of your symptoms. Losing weight will reduce the amount of pressure on your bladder, and in some cases even losing 10 pounds can help you diminish your symptoms.

-- Train your bladder. -- Bladder training involves teaching yourself to delay urination when you feel the urge to go to the bathroom. Instead of running to the ladies room each time you feel the need, try waiting for a few minutes, gradually increasing the length of time, until you are only urinating once every 2 to 4 hours.

-- Do Pelvic floor exercises. Pelvic floor exercises are commonly known as Kegel exercises. Strengthening your pelvic muscles with exercises can improve your ability to control your bladder.

-- Other things you can do include quitting smoking, stopping any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or supplements that are known to cause symptoms of incontinence.

Keep in mind that it’s even more effective when you combine lifestyle changes with bladder training and Kegel exercises. For example, if you lose weight, quit smoking, practice bladder training, and do pelvic floor exercises, you have a much better chances of seeing improvement that if you only quit smoking or only practice bladder training.

Note: Consult with your doctor to determine what combination of behavior modifications is most likely to improve your weak bladder symptoms. If you are in NY/New Jersey area, contact this urologist with offices in NYC, Brooklyn, and Nutley, NJ.

Incontinence Aids

If you have weak bladder, there are various types of incontinence aids that you can use, including:

  • absorbent pads
  • undergarments
  • protective underwear
  • diapers
  • adult diapers underpads,

and urinary catheters.

The absorbent pads are not bulky like in the old days but are close fitting underwear with liners.


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      Cynthia 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Lots of good information here that I will pass along to people I know who are having difficulties with incontinence. Thank you!

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      Interesting article. I wonder if stopping and stopping the flow while you are actually urinating would work the muscles effectively too?

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      Joekin 5 years ago

      Useful & informative hub.I really benefited from Kegel Exercises for urinary incontinence.This hub is very well explained ..Thanks a lot for sharing :)