Bladder Health for Women
Bladder control problems affect 15-20 million people — and 85% of them are women, of all ages. Some younger women find they can't hold their urine after having a baby. Others have problems when they stop having periods. Many women have bladder control concerns. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, simply talk to your health provider about treatment options.
When to call your doctor: Common Symptoms of Problems with Bladder Health
- Sudden uncomfortable need to urinate with or without urine leakage either in the daytime or in the nighttime
- Pain, pressure, or discomfort that comes from the bladder associated with urgency and frequency. Symptoms maybe mild to severe, constant or intermittent.
- Frequent urination during the daytime hours.
- Uncomfortable and uncontrolled urge to urinate
- Sudden urge to urinate with little or no warning
- A sudden urge to urinate that comes with as an accidental loss small amount of urine
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Loss of urine when you exert pressure such as coughing sneezing, laughing, lifting.
- Feeling of never completely emptying the bladder
- Continuous leaking of urine or uncontrollable leaking of large amounts of urine.
Many of the most common bladder disorders fall into three main categories: urinary tract infections (UTIs), urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control), and less common but more severe interstitial cystitis (IC), or painful bladder syndrome.
What you can do
Depending on your symptoms and treatment plan, your care may be referred to a urolology provider or continence care nurse.
Common Bladder Health Issues:
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
Fallen Bladder, or cystocele
Please remember to always seek the advice of your physician or clinician regarding specific medical questions or conditions.