Bladder Issues

Bladder Issues

Whether you’re suffering with cystitis or incontinence, we’ve got everything you need for bladder issues right here.

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What causes a UTI?


Women are more likely to develop a UTI because they have a shorter urethra than men, so bacteria has more of a chance to get into the bladder or kidney.


The most common reason why you might get a UTI is when the bacteria from poo enters the urinary tract.


Other causes include sex, pregnancy, having a catheter inserted, kidney stones, dehydration, a weakened immune system and not keeping the genital area clean and dry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Urinary incontinence is a common problem and occurs when you pass urine without meaning to.


There are different types of incontinence, including stress incontinence when your bladder leaks when it's under pressure, like when you cough or laugh; urge incontinence is when there is a sudden leaking of urine, followed by an intense urge to empty your bladder.


Overflow incontinence is when you can’t fully empty your bladder, resulting in leaking, while total incontinence is when you can’t store any urine at all, causing you to frequently use the toilet or experiencing leaking.


It's also possible to have a mixture of different types.

Bladder problems tend to be more common in women due to the stress the pelvic floor goes under during things such as pregnancy and childbirth, but this isn’t to say that men can’t develop bladder problems, too.


Men can develop these problems because of the prostate gland that surrounds the opening of the bladder.


The prostate will get bigger as you age, and when it gets too big, you may start to experience problems with urination, a slower urine stream, and issues with not being able to fully empty your bladder.

A UTI itself isn’t dangerous, and most of the time it can be resolved without treatment.


However, the main danger of a UTI is that the infection may spread from the bladder to the kidneys, which can be serious if not treated.

Cystitis is a common type of UTI that predominantly affects women.


It occurs when the bladder becomes inflamed, typically caused by a bladder infection.


They’re usually more of a nuisance than a sign that something serious is going on, with mild cases often getting better on their own within a few days.


If it doesn’t go away on its own and your symptoms worsen, you should speak to your doctor as it could be a sign of a kidney infection.

Cranberry juice or cranberry supplements are popular natural remedies to treat and prevent a UTI - but are they effective?


Cranberries contain phenolic acids and flavonoids, which may prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, reduce inflammation and monitor gut bacteria, all of which may be useful if you’re suffering from a UTI.


Cranberry juice will not, however, clear up your infection, so it’s always best to speak to your doctor so they can prescribe antibiotics if necessary.