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Is it common for a woman of 56 to have difficulty holding her bladder?

Is it common for a woman of 56 to have difficulty holding her bladder?

Yes: As women age, the supportinfg structures for the bladder may weaken and cause urinary leakage. This becomes much more pronounced when she has kids; the more kids, the higher the chances of urinary leakage. This typically will result in stress leakage and may also be associated with a vaginal prolapse of the bladder (cystocele), rectum (rectocele), or both. Kegel exercises are helpful to treat. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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I am a female with difficulty emptying my bladder. No pain, or burning, but I have to push on my lower abdomen to start urine flow ?

I am a female with difficulty emptying my bladder.  No pain, or burning, but I have to push on my lower abdomen to start urine flow ?

You should: See a urologist to do an imaging study and possibly urodynamic studies. Your symptoms may be due to a change in the angle of your urethra and bladder. Or one of many other possibilities. A urologist should be able to help. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have difficulty urinating. Beginning the flow is difficult. 29 yr old female/ovarian cyst 2 yrs/yrly bladder/ovary US?

Sometimes I have difficulty urinating. Beginning the flow is difficult. 29 yr old female/ovarian cyst 2 yrs/yrly bladder/ovary US?

Urogynecologist: Consider seeing a Urogynecologist or a Urologist who has expertise in female issues. They can do a complete evaluation. Urodynamics -- a computerized analysis of voiding --- can be done if needed to determine the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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A female coworker of mine has a bladder control problem. She must have wet her pants around me. How can I help her?

A female coworker of mine has a bladder control problem. She must have wet her pants around me. How can I help her?

BLADDER CONTROL: It helps to know that she doesn't have an infection. Timed voiding and avoidance of bladder irritants can help(coffee, tea soda etc.). ...Read more

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Female 50 feels like bladder is pushing into vagina. Is that a real problem?

Yes, real: Cystocele is the term for bladder pushing into vagina. Basically, this is a type of hernia, the wall between the bladder and vagina has weakness and can no longer hold the bladder in place. It usually becomes more problematic with time. Options are wait and see, wear a pessary, or have surgery to correct. ...Read more

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Is the internal sphincter hypertonicity the more common problem (than the external u s) in bladder sphincter dissynergy ? Ie urinary hesitation ?

Is the internal sphincter hypertonicity the more common problem (than the external  u s) in bladder sphincter dissynergy ?  Ie urinary hesitation ?

Inner sphincter: The term 'overactive bladder' is used to describe dis synergy of the bladder muscle -not contracting in coordinated fashion; this leads to loss of regularity and coordinated, controlled urination. The inner sphincter is controlled by the autonomic nervous system and is involuntary. The outer sphincter is part of the voluntary nervous system, and we can control it (the basis of kegel exercises). ...Read more

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How is a 'dropped bladder' diagnosed by a woman?

How is a 'dropped bladder' diagnosed by a woman?

Look: Very often, you can see the bladder protruding between the labia while on the toilet. It takes physical exam to determine if this is the bladder, cervix, vaginal cuff (after hysterectomy) or the rectum that is "falling out". Surgical repair can be curative if symptoms are annoying. ...Read more

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What is the survival percent in delivery when a woman's ovaries and bladder are united or attached?

What is the survival percent in delivery when a woman's ovaries and bladder are united or attached?

Shouldn't affect: It seems you have been told you have adhesions or scar tissue in the pelvis. If you are pregnant, this should not affect survival of the baby. If you are not yet pregnant this could affect fertility or the ability to achieve pregnancy. Sometimes surgery is required to release the scar tissue. ...Read more