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What is Irritable Bladder?
Irritable Bladder (sometimes referred to as Irritable Bladder Syndrome) is the term used for the ongoing issue of the bladder suddenly and uncontrollably contracting. Despite best conscious efforts, this often leads to a significant urine void and can happen when you’re awake or asleep. Symptoms can include:
What Irritable Bladder isn’t
If the symptoms are the result of an infection, such as a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), it can be resolved with antibiotics so isn’t ‘on-going’ and therefore not categorised as Irritable Bladder Syndrome.
What are the causes?
A number of underlying conditions may be the cause or be contributing to an Irritable Bladder.
In many cases, frustratingly, a cause cannot be identified.
How is Irritable Bladder Syndrome diagnosed?
A doctor will typically start with your medical history and a physical examination. You’ll most likely be asked to provide a urine sample to test for signs of infection.
If this proves negative, you may be referred for imaging to see what’s going on inside, specifically the angle of the urethra, the bladder itself and in some instances, what’s happening when you urinate.
You may also be asked to keep a diary of when and how much you void, as well as noting symptoms like pain and discomfort.
Again, just be aware that despite investigations, it is not uncommon for no cause to be found.
If you have an Irritable Bladder…
How to manage in the meantime
The amount of involuntary urine loss from Irritable Bladder Syndrome can be substantial as control is significantly compromised. While you seek treatment or if bladder retraining is underway, you may find an absorbent product specifically designed to handle the thin, fast flow caused by a bladder contraction practical.
Take advantage of TENA’s Free Samples to find which product and level of absorbency that best suits your requirements. You can order up to three free samples at a time.
For social situations, consider something from the TENA Pants range. Designed to look and feel just like regular underwear, they’re very absorbent, keeping you dry and comfortable. They’re also close fitting so incredibly discreet under clothing.
And again, if you are suffering from any symptoms associated with an Irritable Bladder, you must see your doctor.
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