Bladder Health is a topic people rarely talk about with their friends, family, loved ones or perhaps even with their health care providers, yet everyone is affected when bladder health has been altered by infection, disease, trauma or other factors.
According to some researchers, “Urinary incontinence is a frequent problem among older adults, yet many never seek treatment. Urinary incontinence can lead to unwarranted physical, psychosocial, and economic burdens on both older adults and their caregivers.”1
Men typically experience changes in the size of their prostate glands and may have enlargement which affects the bladder’s urinary control, urgency, frequency and emptying. Women may experience weakening of the pelvis muscles leading to bladder slippage causing difficulty in bladder emptying. These types of blockages could lead to improper bladder emptying, backflow of urine and other obstructive challenges.

Talking about your bladder issues with your personal health care provider (HCP) can be embarrassing or a little scary, but don’t panic or be afraid. Discussing your increased urinary frequency, flow patterns, pain level & other issues will lead to clinical intervention.2 Together, you and your HCP can determine what are your normal urinary habits as well as the source of your bladder problem. But, in order to make sure all is well, you should discuss your symptoms and any other urinary changes with your HCP as soon as possible.

Early diagnosis and intervention are always the best options – don’t let a bladder problem rule your life or future or your social interactions or alter your quality of life, get help today!

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