How do I strengthen a weak bladder?
You may have heard people say ‘I have a weak bladder’, but what exactly does that mean?
When talking about a weak bladder, we refer to the need to rush to the loo a lot or that we can’t hold on to our wee.
Sometimes it means that we leak wee when we need to go.
Our bladder is simply a bag made out of muscle. When it fills with wee, the lining of the bladder stretches. Nerves then send messages to your brain telling you that you need to go to the loo.
The lining of the bladder is very sensitive and can easily become irritated or over-active. The medical term for a weak bladder is an Over-Active Bladder.
So when we say we need to strengthen a weak bladder, what we actually need to do is make the bladder lining become less sensitive.
It needs to be less active!
So, what makes the bladder sensitive?
Caffeine is one of the worst offenders. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, hot chocolate, coca cola and energy drinks.
It makes your bladder fill up more quickly and also irritates that sensitive lining.
Fizzy drinks, fruit juices and alcohol can also cause a weak bladder.
Not drinking enough can also be a problem as this makes your urine stronger. You can tell if your urine is too strong as it will smell and will be an orange or brown colour. If you are drinking enough your wee should be pale yellow and not smell.
How can I make my bladder less sensitive?
The first thing is to cut out caffeine, fizzy drinks and strong fruit juices.
The next is to try to gradually drink more so that your wee is a pale yellow colour.
You need to do this slowly to give your bladder a chance to settle down. Our weak bladder article tells you exactly how you can learn to do this.
What about making my muscles stronger?
Having a strong pelvic floor will help to give you more control over your weak bladder. The Peritone can also help you to strengthen these muscles if they are so weak you can’t feel anything happening at all.
So don’t worry if you do have a weak bladder as there are simple methods you can use to strengthen it.