Bladder leakage occurs when the muscles around your bladder are weakened and can’t successfully close off the bladder as they should. If you’re experiencing a leaking bladder, know that you’re not alone. You likely have many questions, which is why we put together this guide to help you understand the causes of bladder leaks, the signs and symptoms, as well as tips to prevent or stop leaks.
What is Bladder Leakage?
Bladder leakage, also known as urinary incontinence, is the involuntary release of urine from the bladder. This can be as mild as occasional little spurts when laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting, or as intense as regularly voiding a full bladder of urine.
What Causes Bladder Leakage in Women?
The three types of urinary incontinence and main causes are:
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Overflow incontinence
Most Common Risk Factors of Bladder Leakages
Women are exposed to a high number of risk factors for bladder leaks, including:
- Weight gain
Other risk factors, not particular to women, include:
- High-impact activities like running or jumping over many years
Bladder Leakage at Night
Bladder leakage at night can happen whether or not you feel the urge to go, so you may not always know beforehand that you have to use the bathroom. This means you may even wake up to wet sheets. Read this article on nocturia and incontinence at night to help you understand more about bladder leaks at night and treatment options.
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