Bladder and bowel health


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.

  1. Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise and/or lift?
  2. Do you ever have such a strong sudden urge to urinate that you may leak before you reach the toilet?
  3. Do you find yourself urinating frequently during the day?
  4. Does waking at night to urinate bother you?
  5. Do you urinate before leaving the house to stay dry or just in case you can’t find a restroom while you’re out?
  6. Do you always need to know the location of the closest restroom while you are out?
  7. Do you need to wear a pad due to urine leakage?
  8. Do you have pain or discomfort during and/or after urination?
  9. 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?
  10. 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

  1. What is the gastrocolic reflex?
    1. Stomach digestion leading to muscular waves in the intestines that push food through to the rectum
    2. Relaxation of the internal anal sphincter in response to increased pressure in the rectum.
    3. Stopping the urge to have a bowel movement by contracting the pelvic floor muscles.
  2. What part of the digestive tract stretches to gives us the urge to have a bowel movement?
    1. Descending colon
    2. Rectum
    3. Pelvic floor muscles
  3. How long does stool take to get through the large intestines?
    1. 10-12 hours
    2. 24-72 hours
    3. 1-2 hours
  4. What are three things you can do to keep your GI tract healthy?
    1. Eat fiber, drink fluid, colon cleanses
    2. Drink fluid, exercise, use laxatives
    3. Eat fiber, drink fluid, exercise
  5. What is the recommended daily intake of fiber for adults?
    1. 20-25g
    2. 10-15g
    3. 30-35g

Answers: (1) A, (2) B, (3) B, (4) C, (5) A