Bladder conditions can significantly impact your quality of life.
There are many reasons why our bodies start acting up -- genetics, aging, weight gain and environmental influences to name a few. The important thing is to pay attention to your body and seek care.
If you suffer from bladder problems, you know the serious impact it can have on your lifestyle and relationships. But it is important to remember that you are not alone. It is estimated that over 200 million people worldwide suffer from problems with bladder control including leaking, accidents and the constant need to go to the bathroom.
Bladder issues signal a change in the body's function. In some cases, it is the result of natural changes that occur over time such as the weakening of pelvic muscles in women or the enlargement of the prostate gland in men. In other cases, it's a result of injury or an indication of a more serious problem.
Bladder problems can present in many different ways. For some people, it’s little leaks. For others, it’s complete emptying of the bladder. And for some people, the biggest bother is needing to use the bathroom constantly day and night.
While the loss of bladder control may make you feel powerless or embarrassed, you can take back control. Talk to a healthcare professional about your symptoms. By discussing your concerns openly, it's likely you'll find, not only a solution, but also a new sense of empowerment.
1. World Health Organization. 1st International Consultation on Incontinence.
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