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Bladder Health Matters       A presentation by the National Association For Continence in                  honor of the Bl...
What Is The Bladder? The bladder is a hollow, balloon-  shaped organ made of a thin layer  of muscle behind the pubic bon...
Why Is Bladder Health Important? Loss of bladder control is a common  condition that affects many Americans. An estimate...
Where Do Urinary Problems Begin? In the bladder:   failure to store or failure to    empty the urine In the sphincter: ...
Risk Factors Associated With Bladder           Control Issues• Limited mobility                           • Diabetes• Mult...
Types of Bladder Health Issues Stress Incontinence   Occurs during increased physical effort    or activity.   This con...
Types of Bladder Health Issues                                  Continued…  Mixed Incontinence    Combination of urgency...
Techniques That Promote Bladder Control  Pelvic Muscle Exercises (Kegels)    Through regular exercise you can     build ...
When Should I Seek Treatment For My         Bladder Health? Routine leakage of urine Frequent, urgent need to rush to th...
Who Should I Talk To About My               Bladder Health? Urologists - surgeon who specializes in  the lower urinary tr...
Who Should I Talk To About My        Bladder Health? Continued… Gynecologists - a doctor specializing in the  reproductiv...
What Should I Do If I Have Symptoms of            Incontinence? Get educated! Become your own health advocate by  arming ...
Want Additional Information? For free additional information contact NAFC         memberservices@nafc.org               ww...
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Bladder Health Matters

  1. 1. Bladder Health Matters A presentation by the National Association For Continence in honor of the Bladder Health Awareness CampaignLed by Nancy Muller, PhD, executive director of the National Association For Continence
  2. 2. What Is The Bladder? The bladder is a hollow, balloon- shaped organ made of a thin layer of muscle behind the pubic bone. The function of the bladder is to store urine. The bladder stretches as it fills. It can normally hold between seven to 20 ounces of urine (200-600 ml) before the urge to urinate becomes uncomfortable. www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  3. 3. Why Is Bladder Health Important? Loss of bladder control is a common condition that affects many Americans. An estimated 25 million adult Americans and 200 million people worldwide suffer from bladder control loss The effect of urinary incontinence on a person’s quality of life can vary considerably. In the U.S., the total direct and indirect costs of urinary incontinence including overactive bladder range up to $32 billion. www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  4. 4. Where Do Urinary Problems Begin? In the bladder:  failure to store or failure to empty the urine In the sphincter:  failure to open, to close, or stay closed In the spinal cord:  absent or incorrect signals In the brain:  no message or the wrong message www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  5. 5. Risk Factors Associated With Bladder Control Issues• Limited mobility • Diabetes• Multiple pregnancies • Cigarette and vaginal deliveries smoking/chronic coughing• Neurological disease or injury • Diet• Menopause • Surgical treatment for prostate cancer• Constipation • BPH• Obesity • Advanced dementia and cognitive impairment www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  6. 6. Types of Bladder Health Issues Stress Incontinence  Occurs during increased physical effort or activity.  This condition allows urine to leak when you do anything that strains or stresses the abdomen.  Example) coughing, sneezing, lifting, laughing, exercise Urgency or Overactive Bladder (OAB)  Sudden urgency occurs when the bladder contracts without you wanting it, without warning.  You may feel as if you can’t wait to reach a toilet and you may leak urine on the way (urgency incontinence).  Frequency (> 8 times in 24 hour period) is also a symptom of OAB. www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  7. 7. Types of Bladder Health Issues Continued…  Mixed Incontinence  Combination of urgency and stress incontinence www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  8. 8. Techniques That Promote Bladder Control  Pelvic Muscle Exercises (Kegels)  Through regular exercise you can build strength and endurance to help improve, regain, or maintain bladder control.  Dietary Changes  Eliminating or moderating caffeine, alcohol, & artificial sweeteners can reduce known bladder irritants.  Weight Loss  Loss of 10% of body weight can decrease incontinence episodes as much as 50%. www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  9. 9. When Should I Seek Treatment For My Bladder Health? Routine leakage of urine Frequent, urgent need to rush to the toilet Frequent bladder infections Pain related to filling the bladder Inability to urinate/urinary retention Weakness of the urinary stream with or without a feeling of complete bladder emptying Changes in urination related to a neurological condition When your quality of life is impacted in meaningful ways www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  10. 10. Who Should I Talk To About My Bladder Health? Urologists - surgeon who specializes in the lower urinary tract of men and women. Many urologists have advanced training in the surgical correction and medical treatments for incontinence. Some specialize in female urology. Urogynecologists- OBGYNs who become surgical specialists with additional training and experience in the evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic floor disorders, pelvic organ support, and other female bladder health issues. www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  11. 11. Who Should I Talk To About My Bladder Health? Continued… Gynecologists - a doctor specializing in the reproductive health of women and general pelvic health over a woman’s lifetime. Geriatricians - an internist who specializes in medically treating older people and who may have advanced training in the diagnosis, treatment intervention, and management of incontinence. Nurse specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and behavioral scientists – may have training that qualifies them to offer nonsurgical treatments for incontinence. www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  12. 12. What Should I Do If I Have Symptoms of Incontinence? Get educated! Become your own health advocate by arming yourself with information relevant to your symptoms and concerns Get organized and prepared for your appointment with a health provider.  Write down your symptoms as they occur.  Keep a bladder diary for 2 days, recording consumption of beverages, activities, and accidents as they occur. Find an expert. Get NAFC’s help in looking. www.bladderhealthawareness.org | www.nafc.org
  13. 13. Want Additional Information? For free additional information contact NAFC memberservices@nafc.org www.nafc.org www.bladderhealthawareness.org

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