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Bladder control is like balance—something you probably don’t think about until you lose it. And like losing your balance, loss of bladder control can be confusing and even disorienting. But that’s where the similarities stop, because when you lose your balance, it can seem much easier to talk about with friends or colleagues. But when you lose control of your bladder, well…that’s not an easy conversation.
What Does It Mean to Lose Bladder Control?
Losing bladder control can mean leaking urine during everyday activities like lifting, bending, laughing, coughing or even sneezing; feeling a sudden strong urge to urinate right away, even if you find you don’t have much to void; being unable to reach a toilet in time; waking up throughout the night, or even wetting your bed.1 These are all ways in which we might lose control of what seems like a pretty basic function. But, like a lot of things about the body, bladder control is a bit more complex than that.
What Causes Loss of Bladder Control?
- Natural Causes: Sometimes bladder issues are out of your control, like the natural aging process—which can affect physical strength and hormonal balance. While there’s no way to stop the progression of these factors, there are some factors you can control.
- Bladder Irritants: Some foods and beverages may be doing you more harm than good when it comes to bladder control. You can manage your intake of bladder irritants such as spicy or acidic foods, caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks and chocolate.2
- Weight Management: Research shows that loss of excess weight can result in fewer instances of occasional light leakage or overactive bladder.3 You can maintain a healthy weight and follow a low-fat and high fiber diet in order to relieve the extra stress on your bladder.
- Weakened Bladder Muscles: As you age, your muscles weaken—and your bladder muscles are no different. You can train your bladder with exercises (like Kegels) designed to strengthen your pelvic floor.2 And you should discuss with your physician whether any prescribed medications may have diuretic effects. AZO Bladder Control® with naturally sourced Go-Less® is a safe, drug-free supplement that helps tone the bladder and pelvic floor.* With its unique blend of pumpkin seed and soy germ extracts, it puts you in a position to maximize the benefits of other strengthening methods you may pursue.
- Fluid Intake: There’s one important don’t: don’t limit your intake of liquids just to reduce your bladder control issues. The body needs a regular supply of fresh liquid to maintain proper hydration, homeostasis, waste management and many other basic functions. In fact, limiting fluid intake can actually increase bladder control issues.3
AZO Can Help You Get Back in Control
Set yourself up for success. Make AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less® part of your total bladder management plan.