Sensitive bladder? Why a doctor could transform your life

Sensitive bladder? Why a doctor could transform your life

There are lots of different treatments for a sensitive bladder, including one that’s probably perfect for you

By this stage in our lives, one would hope we’d got past the stage of feeling embarrassed to see our doctors about ‘personal’ things – we’ve had a gazillion smear tests, for goodness’ sake, not to mention things like giving birth. However, despite the fact that urinary incontinence is a very common problem – it affects as many as one in three women – a lot of us suffer in silence rather than seek treatment. Perhaps this is because we think that urinary incontinence is something we ‘just have to put up with’ – and that is simply not true.

Questions your doctor will ask you

There are many things that can cause bladder incontinence, from pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause to certain medications or constipation. So to get to the root cause of your problem, your doctor might start by asking you a few questions like these:

  • How often do you urinate?
  • How much liquid do you drink each day?
  • Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise?
  • Do you feel a sudden urge when you have to urinate?
  • Do you sometimes have to rush to the toilet and not make it?
  • How many times do you get up at night to use the toilet?
  • Does it ever hurt when you urinate?
  • Does your urine ever smell bad, contain blood or appear very dark yellow?
  • How often do you pass a stool? What’s the consistency of your stools?

Your doctor may also give you a physical examination where you’ll be asked to cough so he or she can inspect the way your abdomen contracts and check the firmness of your pelvic floor.

The diagnosis

Once the examination is over, your doctor will let you know whether your condition is due to muscle weakness, and if you’re experiencing urge incontinence (when you have a strong need to urinate but can't reach the toilet in time), stress incontinence (when you experience bladder leaks when coughing, sneezing or laughing), or mixed incontinence.

Treatments

There are lots of different treatments out there for a sensitive bladder and you and your doctor are best placed to decide which is right for you.

Treatments include:

  • Lifestyle changes like pelvic floor exercises, bladder retraining and weight loss
  • Medication
  • Devices like a pessary
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Biofeedback
  • Surgery

How Always Discreet can help

No matter which solution you decide upon, rest assured that there are incontinence products to support you. Products like Always Discreet, a range of pantyliners, pads and underwear, help millions of women to keep active in their daily.

Why you should make that doctor’s appointment today

Talking to your doctor about a sensitive bladder can help you find a solution that’s right for you and could give you back the freedom to get on with your life. And that’s not something you should put off!

Do you suffer from a sensitive bladder? Share your tips with other women in the comments section below.

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