Bladder weakness – so is it really game over? #HygieneMatters #WCW17

bladder weakness

*This is a collaborative post 

Remember the days when you thought that bladder weakness was only the territory of the 80 year old lady who lived down the road? Now that we’re all quite a bit older, and wiser it’s time to face facts – bladder weakness is actually far more common than you think and is most certainly not just the territory of the 80 year old lady down the road!

Let me break it down for you here

  • Bladder problems affect more than 200m people worldwide according to the World Health Organization.
  • The NHS estimates that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence.
  • Women are 5 times more likely to develop urinary incontinence then men thanks to childbirth and the menopause.

With half the female population expected to experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives, why is it still such a taboo, hush-hush subject? We daren’t raise the subject anywhere, with anyone, despite the fact that behind closed doors this is affecting more people than you probably could have ever imagined before reading this post.

Surely it’s about time we got real about bladder weakness?

I think for many of us, we choose to ignore it, and sweep it under the carpet because deep down inside, we are worried that once we have bladder weakness – it’s game over. That it will stop us from living life to the full.

But thank goodness for us all, this is actually somewhat of a myth because actually, with the right products, exercises and small lifestyle changes you can continue to live a full and active life with bladder weakness.

And while we’re talking about bladder weakness myths….

Let me point out some other myths surrounding bladder weakness for you:

  • Bladder weakness isn’t just the realm of those after pregnancy and the old. Bladder weakness affects 1 in 3 women over the age of 18 and can also be caused by the menopause, being overweight and strenuous sports.
  • Drinking less doesn’t alleviate bladder weakness – this can actually irritate your bladder by making your urine more concentrated therefore making it more active!
  • Only women suffer from bladder weakness – wrong again! One in four men in the UK over the age of 40 also experience some form of bladder weakness too.

Of if you prefer, take a look at this handy infographic:

This World Continence Week (18th – 24th June), Essity, global leaders in hygiene, are urging us to break the taboos and myths surrounding bladder weakness….and getting it out in the open is one of the very best ways to do just that with their Hygiene Matters campaign. You can help break the silence right here right now by leaving a comment or sharing this post across social media and to let everybody know that hygiene and bladder weakness matters, and not just to the 80 year old lady down the road.

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  1. I didn’t know all of those facts about bladder weakness. I especially didn’t know that strenuous sports could be a cause. I knew that strenuous sports can affect a woman’s period but not the bladder, though in hindsight, it kind of makes sense.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. It is so common that I am unsure I have ever met a women who hasn’t had some form of problem with their bladder before but no one ever really talks about it.

  3. Why is it that important subjects like this are taboo? My bladder and my pelvic floor muscles are definitely weaker after pregnancy and birth, and 3 years later, despite my ‘exercises’, are still not back to normal. A great post to raise awareness and break through the taboo!

  4. A great post, my bladder has certainly been affected after two pregnancies and two c-sections. Definitely something more awareness is needed about x

  5. I’m thankful that my pelvic floor seems to have made it through two pregnancies relatively unscathed but I know so many people for whom bladder weakness is a problem – it’s definitely time we started talking about it more.

  6. Pregnancy has left my bladder absolutely reeling! It’s been moved out of position and I’ve had all sorts of nerve damage so incontinence, especially when playing a dynamic sport, is very much a ‘thing’ for me. I never thought I’d even be thinking about this kind of stuff at 27, more 77. Love that it’s being brought to peoples’ attention x

  7. Great post! Thanks for such a great breakdown. Bladder weakness needs to be talked about more I suffer from it after having my son and not sticking to doing pelvic floor exercises.

  8. A little tip I picked up when I had back surgery – If you’re not pregnant and have no history of bladder weakness, and all the sudden have an onset, you might want to get that checked out quickly. Especially if you have a history of back problems. It could be a sign of cauda equina syndrome, which if left untreated is like the worst thing that can happen to your lower back. I say let’s all be careful and keep talking about our bladders!

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