Bladder leakage is a common occurrence for many people. One in three people will experience bladder leakage at some point in their lives. Bladder leakage is any unwanted loss of urine. It can come in the form of leaking a few drops when you jump or run, urge to go to the bathroom and not able to get there in time, or even a complete loss of urine when you cough or sneeze.
Whatever the form of bladder leakage, it is common, but not normal.
Time and time again we see people making the same 3 MISTAKES to try to prevent bladder leakage.
- Limiting fluid intake. It may seem like the obvious thing to do. If you are leaking urine, why not limit your fluids to try to prevent that. The problem with limiting fluids is that it makes your urine more concentrated which can irritate your bladder and cause you to feel more urgency and potentially leakage.
- Emptying bladder more often. When people leak they almost always start going to the bathroom “just in case,” to try to make sure their bladder is always empty. Unfortunately, this practice can actually lead to more bladder urgency, frequency, and potentially leakage. We should not do “just in case” peeing.
- Stopping activities you like to do. In order to avoid leaking, many people simply stop doing the activities that cause the leakage. This can put people into a downward spiral of being less and less active and declining health.
If you have bladder leakage and are making some of these common mistakes, you are not alone.