When your Bladder just won’t let you be

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There are people who are always in the restroom. They go there more frequently than everyone else. This could be due to the fact that they have an oversensitive bladder. There are several factors that could contribute to such a state.

Stress incontinence causes urine to leak when you laugh or cough. Overactive bladder (OAB), or urge incontinence, is caused by urinary muscle spasms. Multiple pregnancies, being overweight and genetic weaknesses can increase your risk.

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The main symptom of this condition is the fact that you are not able to control your urge to pee. It is also known that there are three types of urine incontinence which are triggered by different factors.

Mixed incontinence

Mixed incontinence is when you have symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence. For example, you may leak urine if you cough or sneeze, and also experience very intense urges to pass urine.

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence, also called chronic urinary retention, occurs when the bladder cannot completely empty when you pass urine. This causes the bladder to swell above its usual size.

If you have overflow incontinence, you may pass small trickles of urine very often. It may also feel as though your bladder is never fully empty and you cannot empty it even when you try.

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You can either opt for surgery or simple make use of non-surgical methods as modes of treatment. These include some muscle training, bladder training and even changing your lifestyle.


If your incontinence is caused by an underlying condition, such as an enlarged prostate gland in men, you may receive treatment for this alongside your incontinence

Conservative treatments, which do not involve medication or surgery, are tried first. These include:

Lifestyle changes

Pelvic floor muscle training

Bladder training

After this, medication or surgery may be considered.

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