Understanding The Triggers For Light Bladder Leakage
Understanding and identifying which triggers are causing your light bladder leakage will help put you on the path to managing and possibly improving your bladder problems.
Sometimes a cure is as simple as avoiding certain stressful situations or reducing or eliminating some common everyday substances from your diet.
Poise asked a urologist trained in female urology and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery to answer questions about the different triggers that can cause light bladder leakage and how you can overcome these triggers.
Q: What are the different types of triggers that can cause a woman to leak urine?
A: The triggers for stress incontinence include coughing, sneezing, laughing, or vigorous activity when the bladder is full. Triggers for urge incontinence typically include a sensation of urgency that comes on very quickly, and the triggers for that can vary. For example, if a woman hears rushing water or if she feels water on her hands, it can trigger the desire to urinate—and that can lead to some urinary leakage.
Q: Are there ever any psychological triggers?
A: Absolutely. Stress can exacerbate urinary symptoms, so an individual who has no urinary leakage may experience urinary frequency with a stressful job or social stressors. For someone who has urge incontinence, stress can make the condition worse.
Q: Do triggers differ from one woman to another?
A: Yes. The common ones that women talk about for stress incontinence are some kind of activity or exercise, or it may just involve walking vigorously. For most people, it’s something a little bit more than that, like laughing, coughing, sneezing, or picking up something heavy, like a small child. The risk factors for that type of bladder leakage include one’s age, having had children before, being postmenopausal, and having had any kind of pelvic floor surgery or possibly radiation therapy.