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Bladder Control

Bladder Control

Bladder control can be a problem for women of all ages, not just older women. Control issues can run the gamut from leakage during exercise or strenuous activities, or when laughing hard, coughing or sneezing, to an increased need to go more often, or the inability to void completely. Some women will leak when they are pregnant or after they’ve given birth, and others may experience problems after menopause.

Causes for bladder control problems may include weak pelvic muscles; nerve damage caused by disease or trauma; side affects to medicines, caffeine or alcohol; infection; or obesity.

While bladder control issues can be embarrassing, it is extremely important that you tell your AOA healthcare provider if you are experiencing any problems. Your doctor is aware of how common bladder control problems can be and is here to help you.

You can be a partner in diagnosing and treating your condition by being prepared with specific details that can help your doctor pinpoint the problem. Bring a list of all the medications you are taking, including prescription and over the counter medicines, along with a diary noting the details of when and how you experience leakage and a list of all of the fluids you drink regularly.

There are various options for treating bladder control problems that can include strengthening your pelvic muscles with Kegel exercises, changing your diet, timed voiding, and changing your medications. Other options can include being fitted for a pessary (which is similar to a contraceptive diaphragm), nerve stimulation, or surgery.

If you are experiencing bladder control problems, don’t let embarrassment get in the way of treatment. Talk with your AOA doctor and get the treatment you need to take back control.

Learn more about bladder control problems at:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bladder-control-problems/WO00117.