4 myths about bladder weakness

4 myths about bladder weakness

Discover the truth about bladder problems and how to deal with them

Bladder weakness only happens to women who had children and old people


Although the risk for incontinence goes up as you age, anyone can experience symptoms at any time.

There are many causes for sensitive bladder. The most common ones are:

Pregnancy and childbirth - can affect your pelvic floor support structures such as muscles and ligaments. Pelvic floor exercises after pregnancy can give you more control over leaks when you need it.

  • Menopause related sensitive bladder, due to a significant drop in oestrogen levels. Increased frequency and sudden urges are the most common symptoms. Talk about this with your doctor during one of your checkups when discussing your overall change in your body.
  • Being overweight - puts pressure on the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles.  Fortunately, weight loss can reduce the pressure.
  • Strenuous sports - can lead to sensitive bladder due to the excessive demands placed on the bladder that can result in involuntary urine leaks.
There is only one type of incontinence


There are different types of incontinence. The main types are:

  • Urge incontinence when you have a strong need to urinate but can't reach the toilet in time – it can happen to anyone at any age.

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  • Stress incontinence when you experience bladder leaks when coughing, sneezing or laughing – it is even more common in younger rather than older women.
  • Mixed incontinence is the combination of stress and urge incontinence symptoms.
Having a weak bladder is very rare condition

Bladder weakness affects 1 in 3 women over the age of 181. More than half of women never seek help from their doctor.2

You should drink as little as possible if you have a weak bladder


There’s no need to avoid drinking in order to reduce the urge to visit the loo. Keep hydrated! Drinking a lot of water can increase the frequency and urgency of urination. But not consuming enough make your urine more concentrated, both of which boost your chances of bladder irritation. That, in turn, can heighten your risk of incontinence. Also, drinking water can help reduce odours.

Bladder weakness top tip

Get into the habit of sipping water between meals, and not having anything to drink two hours before bed. Avoid or reducing caffeine, citrus juices, alcohol and fizzy drinks.

More on bladder weakness

Find out how to talk to your doctor about your sensitive bladder and tips and tricks to take care of your sensitive bladder

1Abrams P, Cardozo L, Fall M et al. 2002. The standardisation of terminology of lower urinary tract function: report from the standardisation sub-committee of the International Continence Society. Neurourol Urodyn. 21: 167–168; Systematic review and evaluation of methods of assessing urinary incontinence. Martin et al., Health
Technology Assessment, 10(6):1-132, 2006

2O’Donnell M, Victrup L, Hunskaar S 2007. The role of general practitioners in the initial management of women with urinary incontinence in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. Eur J Gen Pract. 13:20–26 [average taken across four European countries France, Germany, Spain & UK respectively]  

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