Urination happens without us thinking too much about it, but that all changes when incontinence and bladder problems start. Suddenly, you are rushing out in the middle of an important meeting to make it to the bathroom in time, or getting up at 2:00 am, and again at 4:00 am, to visit the restroom. Unfortunately, bladder problem symptoms aren’t always so straightforward and easy to identify. Here’s what to look out for.
According to the Bladder and Bowel Foundation, most adults urinate four to seven times a day and release an average of two liters of urine during a 24-hour period. A need to visit the restroom more than eight times a day is one of the most common symptoms of a bladder problem.
Late Night Bathroom Visits
If your beauty sleep is frequently disturbed by the need to urinate, it may be a symptom of bladder problems. If you drink an extra glass of water shortly before bed or if you have a bit too much alcohol, waking during the night to urinate may be normal. However, if middle-of- the-night bathroom visits are an every-night occurrence, or if you wake up more than twice in a single night to urinate, it may be a sign of bladder problems.
Strong urge to urinate
If you have ever found yourself abandoning your shopping cart in search of the store’s restroom or racing across your home to get to the toilet in time, you may have experienced urge incontinence or overactive bladder. Urge incontinence is the strong, often sudden, sensation that you need to urinate immediately. This urgency may be followed by involuntary urination, or there may be little or no urine released at all.
Peeing when you laugh is no joke, but many women do release a small amount of urine when something tickles their funny bone. Stress incontinence occurs when something puts pressure on the bladder or abdomen and causes an involuntary release of urine. A good joke isn’t the only thing that causes stress incontinence. It may also occur when you sneeze, cough, bounce, lift a heavy object or exercise. Though men occasionally experience stress incontinence, this symptom is usually reserved for ladies. Though many women find themselves experiencing stress incontinence as they age, is can also occur after childbirth or weight gain when the pelvic floor muscles weaken and press against the bladder.
Incontinence and bladder control problems may be a sign of other health concerns and it’s always best to explore your concerns with your doctor. However, incontinence can also be a normal part of aging and other transitions within the body. Incontinence can last anywhere from a week to a few months or a lifetime. Wearever can make life easier through a wide range of incontinence underwear, bedpads and supplies.