What to do if you have weak bladder?
The most important points in brief:
- All age groups can suffer from bladder weakness
- Women suffer from it more often than men
- Bladder weakness and incontinence are mostly treatable
Bladder weakness is often associated with the elderly. But not only the older generation suffers from it, bladder weakness can occur in every age group. Women - as well as men - can suffer from it. However, due to the shorter ureters, the hormonal changes in old age or due to pregnancy, women suffer more often than men.
Bladder weakness can restrict everyday life
This often makes everyday life more difficult for those affected. Long car or public transport trips, excursions or other activities suddenly become tedious. The constant need to go to the toilet can rightly be very stressful.
However, a distinction must be made between incontinence and the pure urge to often have to go to the toilet. Incontinence leads to an unwanted loss of urine, which is often caused by the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles or due to an infection.
Bladder weakness can be treated
A weak bladder is treatable in most cases. There are tons of tips and home remedies that can help fight a weak bladder. We would like to share the most important tips from our point of view with you:
- Targeted pelvic floor exercises can help combat bladder weakness. The effort for this is limited, but the effect is great. Most of the time, the exercises are done within 5 minutes and an improvement in the bladder can be felt relatively quickly.
- As is so often the case, regular drinking is essential if you have a weak bladder. Make sure you choose the right drink. Water and unsweetened tea, as well as special bladder teas, can help. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee.
- The ingestion of pumpkin seeds, which are good for the bladder, can help against a strong and uncontrolled urge to urinate.
- In general, various sports such as walking, Pilates or yoga can have a positive effect on bladder function. However, jogging should be avoided if possible.
- Drug treatment can sometimes be helpful. For this, however, the consultation of a specialist is strongly recommended.
Accurate diagnosis is important
If the bladder weakness persists over a longer period of time and thus an exact diagnosis can be made, a visit to a specialist is recommended in any case.
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