An estimated 400 million persons are affected by bladder or bowel problems across the world. Signs of bladder problems are evident when you experience difficulty urinating, urinate frequently or you experience strong or uncontrollable urge to urinate.
These conditions or habit may affect or cause bladder problems.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs): UTIs usually come with pain or burning when urine is being passed. Among older persons, these symptoms might not be evident; hence, other symptoms such as high temperatures, a sudden need to go to the toilet more frequently or urgently, smelly urine, and confusion may be evident.
- Failure to take enough fluid causes urine to be more concentrated, consequently this can cause irritation to the bladder and give a feeling of urgency.
- Excessive consumption of fluid can cause filling of the bladder.
- Excessive use of the toilet beyond normal may cause and train the bladder to hold less urine and increase the frequency of trips to the toilet
- A rectum full of hard faeces puts pressure on the bladder and urethra, and prevent it from been able to completely empty, or causes frequency. The condition is known as Constipation
- Drinks such as tea, coffee and cola with “caffeine” can upset or irritate the bladder.
- Alcohol increases the frequency of urine by increasing urine production.
- Prostate-related problems in men may also affect bladder functioning
- Chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment can cause inflammation in the bladder (cystitis).
- Medicines used for other health conditions may affect your bladder and bowel. A typical example, Diuretics (water tablets) increases the kidneys production of urine. This increases the urgency and frequency to urinate.