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How do I control my bladder??

By Anonymous October 12, 2011 - 10:06pm
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Hi there, I am 18 years old and I am having a constant problem with peeing my pants. I cannot hold my bladder in to save my life. My body doesn't give me much notice, maybe 15 seconds at the most and in most situations I am not 15 seconds away from a bathroom. I dance around 20 hrs a week so I am fairly active (don't know if this has anything to do with it). This is extremely embarrassing, especially when in public. Does anybody have any information on this or things that can help to change it?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome! I'm so sorry to hear that you are having a hard time controlling your urine. This type of urinary incontinence is known as Urge Incontinence.

Urge incontinence is a loss of bladder control following a strong urge to urinate. The person is not able to hold urine long enough to make it to a restroom. This is also known as overactive bladder. It may be caused or worsened by:

Urinary tract infection
Diabetes type 1 and 2
Bladder irritation (stone, tumor)
Drugs (eg, hypnotics, diuretics)
Nerve damage due to:
Spinal cord injury
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson's disease

You can start by eliminating the obvious: If you drink coffee, sodas, alcohol, etc. Eliminate them from your diet. However, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if your incontinence is being caused by any of the reasons above.

Here's some more information: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/urinary-incontinence-female

Please keep us updated,


October 13, 2011 - 6:26am
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