Frequently Asked Questions

About six million people in the UK have bladder conditions at various levels. The purpose of this section is to give a very general guide to the issues that many people have to face when first encountering light bladder weakness. It is not intended to replace professional help or assistance.

1) Does Bladder Weakness only affect older people?

Weak bladders are experienced by many people not just the elderly, rather more women than men are affected. About one third of women over 35 experience light urine leakage. Childbirth, pregnancy and menopause can all contribute to the condition even amongst healthy women. Lifestyle and diet can also be contributory factors to the condition of the bladder for everyone.

2) Does It Help to drink less?

Drinking less does NOT help reduce light incontinence, in fact it can make the condition worse by making your urine more concentrated and causing more frequent bathroom visits. Caffeine and Alcohol can both irritate the bladder causing a feeling of urgency to wee more often! Both Caffeine and Alcohol should be consumed in moderation when bladder weakness is experienced. Generally, try to avoid drinking too much fluid before bedtime.

3) What are the causes of bladder weakness?

There are many causes of bladder weakness in women and men, it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as you experience weakness, to try and establish the reason for the condition for you personally. The is no one simple cause of bladder weakness so initial professional advice is essential.

4) Can Pelvic Floor exercise help Bladder Weakness?

I have heard about Pelvic floor exercise can it help, for many women (and men) with weak bladders, pelvic floor excises are most beneficial, as an effective way of reducing or even preventing light incontinence. It is however most important to exercise consistently and daily if possible, this is a training regime for the bladder! It generally takes about twelve weeks to see changes. There are many guides available, including from you doctor.

5) Will Bladder Weakness affect my travel ?

The best advise for traveling with a weak bladder is always to plan, don’t let the condition hold you back! As part of planning always have a light pad available to help you feel secure and fresh wherever you travel.

6) We can I get Help and Advise?

There are several organisations able to provide help and advice including:
- Bladder & Bowel foundation: 0161 607 8219.
- Age Concern: 0800 169 6565.
- NHS Direct: 0808 802 0202