Bladder problems and incontinence

Signs of a Bladder Problem

Everyone’s bladder behaves a little bit differently. But certain signs may mean a bladder problem. Signs of a bladder problem can include:

  • Inability to hold urine or leaking urine (called urinary incontinence)
  • Needing to urinate eight or more times in one day
  • Waking up many times at night to urinate
  • Sudden and urgent need to urinate
  • Pain or burning before, during, or after urinating
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Passing only small amounts of urine after strong urges to urinate
  • Trouble starting or having a weak stream while urinating
  • Trouble emptying the bladder
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Bladder infection

A bladder infection is most often caused by a bacterial infection within the bladder. A bladder infection is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI). This refers to an infection anywhere in the urinary tract, such as the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra.

Most cases of bladder infections are acute, meaning they occur suddenly. Other cases may be chronic, meaning they recur over the long term. Early treatment is key to preventing the spread of the infection.

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Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. It means a person urinates when they do not want to. Control over the urinary sphincter is either lost or weakened. Urinary incontinence is a common problem that affects many people.

Urinary incontinence is more common among women than men. An estimated 30 percent of females aged 30-60 are thought to suffer from it, compared to 1.5-5 percent of men.

What causes incontinence?

Urinary incontinence can be due to stress factors, such as coughing, it can happen during and after pregnancy, and it is more common with conditions such as obesity. The chances of it happening increase with age.

Can acupuncture help with bladder problems?

Yes, acupuncture and TCM can be very effective in treating urinary complaints and disorders. Chinese medicine is effective because it treats the underlying condition that may be causing urinary issues rather than just treating the symptom. Acupuncture increases resistance and provides support to the kidneys. Acupuncture stimulation of the sacral vertebrae can help to suppress incontinence and frequent urgency to urinate. Acupuncture can help to reduce an overactive bladder and improve symptoms such as nocturnal enuresis, stress incontinence, and urge incontinence.



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