What Causes A Weak Bladder?

Ever find yourself pondering - ‘why is my bladder so weak?’.

Or maybe you’re wondering whether your seasonal allergies could be aggravating your weak bladder, where the worst thing about having to constantly sneeze and cough isn’t the stuffy head or nose - it’s the urine leakage that occurs.

Bladder weakness is not something that any woman should have to live with and INNOVO are passionate about giving women back control over their lives by alleviating the symptoms of bladder weakness.

In this article we’ll cover:

  • Can seasonal allergies cause bladder weakness?
  • What bladder weakness is
  • What causes a weak bladder
  • How you can help alleviate symptoms of bladder weakness

Can Seasonal Allergies Cause Bladder Weakness?

In short, no - they can’t cause it, however, seasonal allergies can aggravate the symptoms of bladder weakness.

If you experience leaks when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise, then there is a high likelihood that you are suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). SUI is very common and more than 1 in 3 women experience daily leaks.

If you are experiencing stress incontinence already, then pairing this with having allergies that cause excess coughing or sneezing could mean that during the allergy season you experience leaks much more frequently.

Using a non-invasive treatment, such as INNOVO, could help you to stop leaks during allergy season and beyond - by targeting the root cause of the issue - weak pelvic floor muscles.

What is Bladder Weakness?

Bladder weakness is a broad term, and can be used to describe different forms of urinary incontinence such as:

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence
  • Urge Incontinence or Overactive Bladder
  • Mixed Incontinence
  • Overflow Incontinence

Learn more about the different types of urinary incontinence in our guide.

What Causes a Weak Bladder?

Certain life events and health problems can cause a weak bladder in women by weakening the pelvic floor muscles. Perhaps your bladder weakness has come on suddenly, or maybe it’s been progressively getting worse over time.

Weak pelvic floor muscles can make it hard for your bladder to keep urine in when suffering from stress incontinence. A weak pelvic floor can also cause faecal incontinence, or bowel control problems.

The Main Causes of Bladder Weakness are:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Trauma or injury
  • Cystocele and pelvic organ prolapse
  • Menopause
  • Neurological disorders

If you are overweight, a smoker or you drink large amounts of alcohol, you are also more likely to suffer from a weak bladder.

Treatment Options for Bladder Weakness

There are a variety of different ways that women can strengthen their pelvic floor muscles which in turn, can help to alleviate the symptoms of bladder weakness. However, it is important to note that some of these treatments are not as safe as others.

These include:

Manual Kegels

Performing Kegels manually can be effective if you do them properly and stick at it over a long period of time. However, this is a long process and takes a lot of dedication. Note that performing Kegels incorrectly can do more harm than good for your pelvic floor and can make bladder weakness worse. This is where an FDA-cleared technology, like INNOVO can help.


As an extreme measure, surgery can be undertaken in order to treat some types of urinary incontinence. Sling surgery is the most common surgery doctors use to treat urinary stress incontinence, but can be expensive and lead to a long recovery time.

Invasive Solutions

Invasive solutions such as biofeedback devices work by helping you learn to relax your muscles, but need to be inserted into the vagina, which can feel intrusive and uncomfortable. Without properly sterilizing invasive solutions before and after using them, this can also lead to infection.

Non-invasive Solutions

Non-invasive Kegel exercisers like INNOVO do not require any insertion into the vagina and are one of the safest ways to ensure your Kegel exercises are performed correctly and with no discomfort. To date, INNOVO has delivered more than 4.5 million safe and successful therapy sessions worldwide.

How to Treat a Weak Bladder Painlessly

The great news is that despite how common incontinence, SUI, bladder leaks, little accidents, whatever you may call it is, it’s fixable – with INNOVO.

With more than 42.5 million successful sessions to date, INNOVO is the only non-invasive and wearable solution to treat stress urinary incontinence. Cleared by the FDA. All it takes is 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for 12 weeks.3 months.

INNOVO delivers 180 perfect Kegels per 30 minute session, so you don’t have to worry about whether you’re doing them correctly. And this all can happen from the comfort of your own home, while you sit back and relax. No more doctor visits, no more probes to insert and no prescription required.