Bladder weakness is extremely common, and can affect people of all ages, but increases with age. Many may find that they have mild symptoms, which can be a nuisance. In others the problems can become debilitating, and cause a great restriction to normal life activities.
In men, urine leakage may be linked to a number of possible causes, but is usually due to prostate problems.
In women, it is very common to have urine problems, which can cause strong urges to pass water, pain on urinating, needing to pass water at night-time and leakage of urine when coughing or laughing. There are a number of possible causes, which include:
Urine tract infection
Age related weakness
What tests can be done for bladder weakness?
Your specialist may organise a number of tests, depending on your symptoms. These tests may include blood tests, urine test, x-rays, scans or cystoscopy.
How can bladder weakness be treated?
If a certain cause is found, such as urine infection, then treatment of this should help relieve symptoms. Reducing caffeine intake can also help, as can weight loss, stopping smoking, and performing pelvic floor exercises.
An overactive bladder can often be treated with medication, and hormone replacement therapy can help certain other causes.
Occasionally, surgery may be indicated for bladder weakness and can be greatly beneficial, but is usually reserved for those that have already tried medication with no benefit.
Most cases can be treated relatively simply, but a few people will be found to have serious causes for their urine problems. It is important therefore that you seek medical advice for any symptoms you may have.
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