Causes of bladder weakness
Although it can sometimes seem like it, bladder weakness is not a disease. It’s usually a symptom of some other health problem – and perhaps even one you don’t know you have!
The good news is that by treating the underlying medical condition bladder weakness can be beaten relatively easily – all starting with a simple chat with your GP.
So don’t suffer in silence. Get your problems assessed by a health care professional. The solution may be easier than you think!
Urinary tract and bladder infections, constipation and medication side-effects can all cause short-term bladder weakness. The good news is, all these can be easily treated and following a visit to your doctor, relief is usually quick. So pick up the phone and make an appointment if you haven’t already done so. Until it clears up you may find that it helps to use DEPEND® Mini pads, they are discreet enough and comfortable enough to wear every day
Childbirth, car accidents or surgical procedures can sometimes result in long-term bladder weakness and recovery from these causes may affect the rate at which bladder function is restored. But with the right products and treatments, all bladder weakness can be managed to minimise its effect on your lifestyle. However, the first step is to see your health professional. He or she is best able to offer you specific advice related to your situation.
Birth defects, progressive illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions may require ongoing management of bladder weakness. For reassuring protection, DEPEND® products are suitable for everyday wear and feature a unique absorbent core that locks away liquid to provide outstanding dryness, night or day.
Prostate problems and the treatments required to correct them are the most frequent causes of bladder weakness in men.
The two most common problems are Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer, often treated with surgery.
BPH is a non-cancerous condition that affects a third of men over 50 and more than half of those over 60.
With BPH, the doughnut-shaped prostate gland that surrounds the neck of the bladder grows abnormally large.
For a healthy man, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can become the size of a tangerine, when it will weigh on the urethral tube that carries urine out of the body and slow or even stop the flow.
Although sufferers may make frequent trips to the bathroom, they often experience a very weak and hesitant stream or are left with the feeling that they haven’t emptied their bladders.
Surgery for prostate cancer can also cause temporary bladder weakness.
The good news is that it generally lessens within six months to one year and in many cases, continence is fully restored.
But in the mean time the condition can be easily managed using absorbent products to help you maintain a normal lifestyle while you are working to regain bladder control.
Male bladder weakness can also be caused by other medical conditions, including neurological disease, strokes, injury to the spinal cord, obstructed urination, and certain birth defects or chronic medical conditions such as diabetes. Whatever the cause, in most cases bladder weakness can be cured and it can always be managed. So don’t suffer in silence, seek advice from your GP on the best treatments and products for your individual circumstances.
Please note that the contents of this website are for information purposes only and are not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for your doctor’s advice. For medical care and advice you should consult your doctor on a regular basis.