How can I prevent bladder problems developing?
Bladder problems, and their development, can be complex. This means that there’s no simple way to ‘prevent’ a bladder problem from developing. Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent, reduce or remedy the involuntary loss of urine in men and women. They can also help counteract pain during sex. However, even regularly training these muscles will not solve the core of the bladder problem. But it can help by preventing the aggravation of bladder problems and giving you back a certain amount of control.
Many people drink less in the hope that this will reduce the bladder problem, but this actually has the opposite effect and increases the risk of problems. Problems such as dehydration, which causes your body to retain water.
It is important that pelvic floor therapy is taught by a professional pelvic floor therapist or physical therapist so that the right muscles are tightened effectively. If such therapies do not help, it is a good idea to see a doctor about your bladder problems. Catheterisation could be a solution to your problem.
If the underlying cause of your bladder problem is clear, you can often start using self-care tools quickly and easily. Intermittent catheterisation is a way in which you can counteract many of the unpleasant side effects of having a bladder problem.