Our Clinical Nurse Specialist in Continence Care is Jan Chaseley. Here she answers some of your questions on bladder problems.
What are the symptoms of bladder problems?
Feeling a sudden hard-to resist urge to go to the toilet can be a sign of an overactive bladder. Some people leak before they reach the bathroom or need to go more than seven times a day and frequently through the night.
Others have stress urinary incontinence - leaking when they laugh. sneeze. cough or exercise. "Bladder problems really affect people's lives, but can often be easily treated,” says Jan Chaseley.
'There are around 14 million people in the UK today with some form of bladder problem, more than those with asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. put together," she says.
What causes these issues?
Bladder problems affect one in three women and one in five men. In women. the urethra or tube carrying urine from the bladder is shorter and more prone to leaks.
Stress incontinence can affect women after childbirth, because of extra strain on the pelvis, or childbirth problems. Either can weaken the pelvic floor muscles which hold the bladder and bowel in place and help to stop leaks. Men can also develop stress incontinence after surgery for prostate cancer. As they age, and the prostate which surrounds the urethra grows, they may also have difficulty emptying their bladder fully. Some women also develop stress incontinence after menopause, as hormone changes weaken the pelvic floor.
"But bladder problems should never be seen as a normal part of ageing." says Jan, who along with her team, treats stress incontinence. overactive bladder syndrome. prolapse and many other bladder issues.
When should you ask for support?
"When bladder problems affect people’s lives and it becomes difficult for them to enjoy the theatre, undertake long journeys or go on holiday, it's time to ask for help." Says Jan.
Urinary incontinence causes huge embarrassment and inconvenience, but there are simple lifestyle measures which can help.
For a no-nonsense chat about our range of urology treatments call our Private Patient Team 01580 363158.
Published on 17 June 2020