LIVING WITH INCONTINENCE
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Physically, no-one truly has a ‘small’ bladder, but if you’re experiencing an overactive one (or OAB), it certainly feels like it!
According to the Continence Foundation a healthy bladder:
In a healthy bladder, the muscle wall contracts to expel urine. This action is voluntary and occurs when we decide to urinate. In the case of an overactive bladder, the contraction is involuntary, prompting an urgent need to go and, if you also have a weak pelvic floor muscle, the ability to ‘hold on’ just isn’t there. This can result in a small leak or in some cases, once the flow has started, it can’t be stopped, and the entire bladder empties. This is known as Urge Incontinence.
As described above, the prominent indicator is the sudden and urgent need to urinate, often accompanied by incontinence.
You may also have an overactive bladder is your urinating more than eight times a day or more than twice in the night. It can become so frequent that it interferes with daily activities and sleep.
Exactly why the bladder starts involuntarily contracting is unknown, and as the urinary system is complex, multiple factors can be contributing to an overactive bladder, including:
There are several misconceptions about an overactive bladder. As a result, many people do not seek treatment for it because they do not know the facts. Common misconceptions include:
In other words, it’s not something you should accept and put up. By seeking a professional opinion, the cause can be identified, treatment planned, and the problem resolved.
Depending on the underlying cause, treatment will vary.
To assist the diagnosis, keep a Bladder Diary for a few days before your doctor’s appointment. This will keep an accurate record of your fluid intake and voiding (voluntary and involuntary) and be sure to note how strong the urge was on a ten-point scale.
The following general advice may reduce the risk of an overactive bladder and ease symptoms, including:
For women, the frequent and sudden urgency to pass urine can catch you out, leading to an involuntary leak.If you’re only losing a few drops or a small gush, a TENA liner may be the solution. These are the smallest of the TENA range, and like all of our products, are designed to handle the thinner, faster flow of a weak bladder, rapidly absorbing and locking away fluid, keeping you dry, odour free and feeling confident while the cause of your retention is being addressed.
For men, you may be experiencing Overflow Incontinence, which is usually just a small quantity. For this, TENA has anatomically shaped products that fit snugly into the front of your underwear for discreet protection. There are TENA Shields and TENA Guards and you can read about the differences here.
If you require more protection for a small or overactive bladder, including pants that look and feel like regular underwear, why not take advantage of our Product Finder Tool, and Free Samples to find the product that best suits your needs.
Asaleo Care makes no warranties or representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of the information. This information should be used only as a guide and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional, medical or other health professional advice.