With urinary incontinence, you experience involuntary leakage of urine due to loss of bladder control. People often avoid seeking help since they find it embarrassing - which means the condition is sometimes left untreated.
The Most Common Forms of Urinary Complications
Not all urinary issues are the same, and some, like incontinence and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common than you may think. But there are many treatment options available.
If you are experiencing difficulty emptying your bladder generally or are unable to completely empty your bladder, this is referred to as urinary retention.
Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) occur when bacteria have a chance to grow in the urethra and bladder. Like any other kind of infection, the longer it goes untreated, the more serious the complications can be.
Common Causes of Bladder Problems
While there are many potential causes of bladder problems, injuries or diseases that affect the central nervous system can often result in changes to the bladder's function. This is often referred to as Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction (NBD), conditions might include:
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Other Conditions, Which May Lead to Bladder Dysfunction Are:
- One possible complication of Diabetes is neuropathy, which can affect bladder function
- Pelvic floor dysfunction – for example complications during pregnancy or after childbirth
- A post-surgical reaction
- Men may experience bladder dysfunction as a result of an enlarged prostate
- Bowel problems can also have an effect on bladder dysfunction as the function of the bladder and bowel are closely linked
In this section, we explore the treatment options available for bladder problems, one of which is catheters. Learn about the different types of catheters and how they are used.
For Healthcare Professionals
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