When you were a kid, you probably laughed whenever the words ‘poos’ and ‘wees’ were mentioned. But these days the topic of bodily excretions seems far less funny –because the process isn’t always straightforward. Although the bowel and bladder are responsible for different functions, when the bowel isn’t working to digest and remove waste effectively, bladder leakage can be a side effect – but why? Why does constipation affect bladder leakage? The bowel sits extremely close to the bladder, and...
Yoga. Sneezing. Running. Laughing. Stretching. Do any of those words give you, or someone you know a touch of anxiety? Bladder leakage is a physical condition where you lose control over when and where you go to the bathroom. It’s normally associated with ageing, but common life experiences such as pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, prostate cancer, disease or injury mean that bladder leakage can happen across a variety of ages for a variety of different reasons. In our society, private parts...
Located between the hips, your pelvic floor is an area of muscles and tissues that act as a hammock to support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum – all of which can play a part in causing bladder leakage. The pelvic floor muscles can become weakened as a result of surgery, aging, pregnancy, childbirth and excessive straining (sneezing, coughing, constipation etc). Luckily, there are ways to regain some of that pelvic floor strength – and kegel exercises are a great...
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