The low-down on bladder weakness and how to treat it

Updated: Feb 14, 2019


Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and inconvenient, and cause low self-esteem for its sufferers. Here’s a guide of the most common types of incontinence, what can cause it, and how it can be treated.

There are several different types of bladder weakness:

  • Stress Incontinence – happens when your bladder is put under stress such as coughing, sneezing, or laughing

  • Urge Incontinence – the sudden intense feeling of needing to pass urine, causing a leak

  • Overflow Incontinence – frequent leaking caused by being unable to fully empty your bladder

  • Total Incontinence – the constant passing of urine or frequent leaking due to the bladder’s inability to hold any urine at all

It is also possible to have mixed incontinence, caused by several types at the same time.

There are over 9 million women in the UK with some form of bladder problem¹. Urinary incontinence can be caused by several factors including:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth leaving pelvic floor muscles damaged and weakened

  • Hormone changes and menopause

  • Lifestyle factors such as obesity

  • Other medical conditions such as diabetes

There are several things that can be done to treat urinary incontinence.

  • Lifestyle changes like losing weight and cutting down on caffeine and alcohol

  • Bladder training, where you learn ways to help you wait longer before passing urine

  • Pelvic muscle exercises, either by squeezing them yourself or by using a pelvic muscle trainer

Pelvic floor exercises have been proven to help prevent and treat urinary incontinence. But without any specialist advice or guidance it’s difficult to know whether these exercises are being done correctly. In fact, a study by Aberdeen University in 2010 found that one of the most effective treatments included ‘bio-feedback’². This is where a woman’s muscles are electronically tested while she does pelvic floor exercises.

The Myself Pelvic Trainer does exactly this. Myself detects your contractions as you squeeze and provides immediate visual feedback on the strength and duration of your contractions. Myself automatically adjusts the strength level as your muscle strength increases. With a 16-week training program included, the Myself Pelvic Trainer can help you achieve better bladder control and improve symptoms of stress and urge incontinence. All of which can boost your level of confidence and emotional well-being.

To find out more about the Myself Pelvic Trainer, visit our online shop. If you have any questions on whether the Myself Pelvis Trainer is something for you, feel free to give our Customer Service Team a call on +44 (0) 1179 666 761, or send us an email to info@beshealthcare.net.


¹ https://www.bladderandbowel.org/bladder/bladder-resources/bladder-care-for-women/

² https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5465455/7-million-women-suffer-incontinence-embarrassing-taboo.html


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