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Let’s say you’re walking with your grandkids through the park when, out of nowhere, you feel the urge to go. This scenario is typical for millions of women who struggle with occasional urinary bladder issues.1 Occasional bladder issues in women can be very frustrating because the frequency of feeling the urge to go cannot only disrupt your daily activities but your sleep habits, too. Before you decide to throw in the towel on a social life or a peaceful night’s rest, you should know that nature has given us two special ingredients that help with occasional loss of urinary bladder control.* But first, let’s look at how the bladder normally operates, and what urination is all about.
How the Bladder Functions
The urinary bladder is a balloon-shaped muscle that expands to accommodate 300–600mL of urine.2 It is supported by an internal sphincter, an external sphincter and the urethra. When functioning properly, they help the bladder retain urine. Urination is a complex process that requires coordination between the musculoskeletal, neurological and psychological systems,2 including the detrusor muscle, the internal sphincter, the external sphincter and the urethra. As your bladder fills, it sends a signal to your brain, which recognizes the urge to urinate. The brain will sense ‘fullness’ and the need to empty itself.2
Urinary Bladder Frequency
For most people, bladder urgency occurs six to eight times a day, but it could take nine to 10 hours before a normal bladder has filled up and the brain registers a strong need to go.3 For others, bladder urgency occurs more often. The frequency of feeling the urge to go can be affected by many factors but one in particular has to do with pelvis muscle tone, a result of aging.4 In fact, like all muscles in the body, aging can affect muscular strength5 and the bladder is no different.
Control Frequent Urgency
Chances are a frequent urination urge can disrupt your normal sleeping habits because you’re worried about having to go at night. Sleep plays an essential role in your overall well-being, and sleep deficiency can raise your risk for chronic health problems,6 so it’s imperative you prioritize shut-eye. Lucky for you, pumpkin seed extract and soy germ can help maintain the strength of your bladder and the tone of your pelvic floor.* If you’re tired of occasional bladder issues at night because of frequent nighttime urination urgency, then consider AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less®, which has pumpkin seed extract and soy germ to help you go less and worry less.*
We’ve created a video to help illustrate the effect of pumpkin seed extract and soy germ on an occasionally frustrating bladder. Watch here:
1 Omnibus Bladder Consumer Study commissioned by i-Health, Inc. the distributor of AZO Bladder Control®
2 Bladder Anatomy http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1949017-overview
3 How Long Can You Go Without Peeing http://www.businessinsider.com/how-long-can-you-go-without-peeing-2013-9
4 Pelvic Floor https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pelvic-floo
5 Effects of Aging on the Musculoskeletal System https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/bone,-joint,-and-muscle-disorders/biology-of-the-musculoskeletal-system/effects-of-aging-on-the-musculoskeletal-system
6 Why Is Sleep Important? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why