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Causes of female incontinence

Given that 400 million people around the world are living with bladder weakness, incontinence awareness should be taught at school. But the fact is that we don’t really acknowledge incontinence as a common condition.
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What causes bladder weakness in women?

Given that 400 million people around the world are living with bladder weakness, incontinence awareness should be taught at school. But the fact is that we don’t really acknowledge incontinence as a common condition. We think it’s about time to change that. If more people talk about incontinence, more people who are affected will be informed and live better lives.


So let’s start right now. For example, did you know that there are four common causes of female incontinence? Understanding the specific cause of your condition can help you deal with it in a better way.


The four common causes of bladder problems in women

Neurological damage

Neurological damage just means damage to the nerves that carry messages from the bladder to the brain, for example to let it know that you bladder is full. However, damaged nerves may send these signals at the wrong time. To find out more about what conditions may cause this, read our page on neurological damage.

Medical conditions

There are a few medical conditions that can sometimes cause bladder problems in women, such as a stroke, diabetes, obesity andor urinary tract infection.

Menopause

Bladder problems might not be something you think of when considering the side effects of going through the menopause. A lack of oestrogen can cause the pelvic floor muscle to degenerate, and for the tissue around your vagina and urinary tract to become drier, thinner and less elastic. Find out more on our page all about how menopause affects your bladder.

Pregnancy

There are many ways that pregnancy and giving birth can have implications on your bladder, from the pressure of carrying a baby to childbirth weakening your pelvic floor muscles. Find out more about how pregnancy can affect your bladder.

Urinary tract infection

UTI’s are very common, as half of women are affected at some point in their lives. The infection can cause frequent urination, as well as incontinence in some people. Find out more about Urinary Tract Infection in women.