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Bladder Conditions and Symptoms

The first and most important point to remember is that everyone with a bladder problem can be helped and many can be completely cured.

If you have been diagnosed with incontinence problems, you can use the bladder menu to find out more information about your specific condition or problem.  If you have not been diagnosed by a health professional, the following questions about your symptoms should help you find the information you are looking for.

Overactive Bladder

Many of these symptoms can be caused by a condition called Overactive Bladder.

  • Do you have a sudden urge to go to the loo or are unable to hold on and reach the toilet in time? You may have Urgency or Urge Incontinence
  • Do you find you need to go to the loo very often and more than 8 times a day?  This may be Frequency
  • Do you often need to get up during the night? You may have Nocturia
  • Do you wet the bed at night? You may have Nocturnal Enuresis
  • If you have one or more of the above symptoms, you may have Mixed Urinary Incontinence
  • Do you leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise? You may have Stress Urinary Incontinence, called SUI for short and often referred to as bladder weakness or weak bladder
  • Do you sometimes dribble urine without noticing or need to strain to pass urine? You may have Overflow Incontinence.

Many bladder problems are common in both men and women, whilst some are related to the anatomical differences between men and women.

Once you have a clearer idea of what your problem may be or if you have been diagnosed you can visit our treatment section to see what your options are for managing your symptoms or condition. Information dealing with the more practical and emotional side of coping with bladder problems can be found by visiting the support section.

Further Help And Advice

You may want to talk through any concerns with a specialist continence nurse or GP.

You can also register for a Just Can’t Wait toilet card from our help and information section.

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