Kidney & Bladder Health : How to Treat Frequent Urination
Am I Urinating Too Often?
Stress incontinence is almost always brought on by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. This band of muscles runs from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx at the base of the spine. It acts like a shelf, supporting the bladder (and the bowel and womb in women). Muscles also work on the bladder opening - called the urinary sphincter - to keep it closed and prevent leakage during exertion for example when you cough.
These muscles can weaken for many reasons:
- Pregnancy and or a traumatic labour, typically which involved forceps or a ventouse.
- The drop in oestrogen following the menopause - Obesity
- Smoking as it damages the tissues in the body - Constant hacking of a chronic cough - Straining associated with persistent constipation.
Urge incontinence is caused by an overactive bladder. Normally the brain tells you to empty your bladder when it is full. If you have urge incontinence the brain signals to empty the bladder before it is full and often before you have time to get to the loo.
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