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10 Reasons You Need to Worry About Bladder Control

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10 Reasons You Need to Worry About Bladder ControlMaybe you have no idea an organ the size of a grapefruit could cause so many problems. But since menopause has come knocking, your bladder has been a pest. It’s not working like it’s supposed to and it’s making your life complicated.

Besides affecting your quality of life, losing control of your bladder is also downright embarrassing. It’s also frustrating.

Pads Again

A leaking bladder may have you back to wearing pads again. Besides the hassle of needing to keep them in your purse, car, desk, and 101 other hiding places, you also have to find ways to wear and dispose of them discreetly. Worse yet, they cost money that you could be using for a lot of other things.

Disposable Panties Aren’t Sexy

Rather than pads, or to go along with them, you may try wearing disposable panties. Unfortunately, they aren’t sexy. They can also be bulky under your clothes, make noise when you move, irritate your skin, leak despite your best efforts, and be awkward to change.

Skin Concerns

The bladder leaking also leaves your skin wet with urine. That moisture makes your skin more fragile so it’s more easily damaged. Chronically wet skin from urine also puts you at risk for rashes, inflammation, and infections.


Wetness from bladder leakage may also cause an odor. That’s not only embarrassing, it’s also inconvenient. You may find you need to take extra showers, change your clothes several times a day, and change pads frequently to try to keep it in check. If you try using scented feminine sprays, soaps, and such to help with the odor, you may end up with vaginal irritation and infection.

Laughing Isn’t So Funny Anymore

Laughter is good for you. It stimulates your organs, relieves stress, and burns calories. It’s truly good medicine. Until menopause. That’s when sudden guffaws can be too much for your bladder and you find yourself leaking with each jolly noise.

Exercise Problems

Exercise is good and you need plenty of it. But bladder control can interfere, making some exercises problematic because they lead to leaking. On the other hand, you may get in plenty of jogging as you rush to the bathroom every few minutes. You may also get plenty of mental exercise because of all the planning and figuring you have to do to make sure you know where every bathroom is for any trips outside your home.


To try to stop bladder leakage, you may try to cut back on your liquid intake. If you’re not careful, that may lead to dehydration.

Disrupted Sleep

If you are having issues controlling your bladder during the day, you may also have trouble with bladder control at night. Nighttime urinary incontinence that wakes you up multiple times disrupts your sleep and leaves you exhausted and tired the next day.

Lack of Intimacy

You may avoid intimacy if you’re having trouble controlling your bladder. You don’t want to leak during an intimate moment, and odor and pads are too embarrassing.


Besides being embarrassing, there are a lot of issues that go along with bladder control problems. As you try to cope with the inconveniences, you may begin to avoid your family, friends, and all social interactions. You may stop going out in public and start spending more time alone at home. The isolation and stress of it all may then leave you depressed.

To avoid these inconveniences, embarrassments, and problems, talk to your doctor about what you can do to keep control of your bladder. You may need to do some Kegels, pelvic muscle strengthening, or pelvic floor physical therapy. Some estrogen or other medications may also be helpful.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-24-2017 - 09:29 PM


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