Could you have bladder dysfunction?
Many women experience bladder dysfunction of some degree. Preserve your health and well being by identifying a potential bladder problem sooner rather than later so you can receive treatment and go on living life as you want to.
- Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise and/or lift?
- Do you ever have such a strong sudden urge to urinate that you may leak before you reach the toilet?
- Do you find yourself urinating frequently during the day?
- Does waking at night to urinate bother you?
- Do you urinate before leaving the house to stay dry or just in case you can’t find a restroom while you’re out?
- Do you always need to know the location of the closest restroom while you are out?
- Do you need to wear a pad due to urine leakage?
- Do you have pain or discomfort during and/or after urination?
- Do you ever get the urge to urinate and experience hesitancy (just can’t start urine stream), intermittent (start/stop) stream, slow stream, have to strain/push to urinate and/or feelings like you have not completely emptied your bladder afterwards?
- Do you ever experience a constant sense of urinary urgency?
Did you answer YES to one or more of the questions? Then you may have bladder dysfunction. The good news is, there is a wide range of treatment options available, including physical therapy, behavioral changes and medical management.
Bladder & Bowel Quiz
- What is the gastrocolic reflex?
- Stomach digestion leading to muscular waves in the intestines that push food through to the rectum
- Relaxation of the internal anal sphincter in response to increased pressure in the rectum.
- Stopping the urge to have a bowel movement by contracting the pelvic floor muscles.
- What part of the digestive tract stretches to gives us the urge to have a bowel movement?
- Descending colon
- Pelvic floor muscles
- How long does stool take to get through the large intestines?
- 10-12 hours
- 24-72 hours
- 1-2 hours
- What are three things you can do to keep your GI tract healthy?
- Eat fiber, drink fluid, colon cleanses
- Drink fluid, exercise, use laxatives
- Eat fiber, drink fluid, exercise
- What is the recommended daily intake of fiber for adults?
Answers: (1) A, (2) B, (3) B, (4) C, (5) A