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small bladder in women

By Anonymous March 1, 2016 - 10:36pm
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I have a small bladder I was born with the problem. I have been to a specialist and there is nothing they can do surgically to fix the problem. I also have overactive bladder. I was put on this pill for that but had sever side effect from the pill I had to stop taking them. I can only hold maybe a cup of urine. If I don't get to a bathroom it just gushes out and I can't control it. I get a massive abdominal pain if I hold to long also. I never had full term pregnancies. I am over 50 years old. I use underwear daily and have been for the past 15 years now. I go through 4 27pks. of underwear per month with my bladder problem. I have tried those pelvic exercises and they don't work. Cause when I got to go I can not hold. I even have trouble travelling as well.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for sharing your story with our community. I can appreciate the challenges, limitations and stress this condition has caused your entire life.

Anonymous, I could not find any information on congenital or at birth small bladder. Anatomically, it’s highly unlikely anyone has a small bladder. Our internal organs don’t tend to differ from one person to the next.

However, it is possible to have a functionally small bladder, which means your bladder, for any number of reasons, can’t hold a lot of urine. Bladder muscles (detrusor) and/or the bladder sphincter muscles become overactive and as a result there is a constant need to void.

That’s why when some people say they have a small bladder, what they’re really suggesting is they have an ‘overactive bladder’.

I wonder if that is your issue. This would explain concentration on treating the symptoms of an overactive bladder.

You can find more information, such as questions to ask and latest treatment options on our Overactive Bladder page https://www.empowher.com/condition/overactive-bladder.

I point out these two articles:

3 Questions You Wouldn't Think To Ask Your Doctor About Overactive Bladder

Does an Overactive Bladder Limit Your Social Life?

Keep in touch,

March 2, 2016 - 9:24am
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