What is bladder weakness?
Bladder weakness is a broad term, and can be used to describe different forms of urinary incontinence such as:
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 fecal incontinence, or bowel control problems.
The main causes of bladder weakness are:
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.
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 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 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.