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Poise® understands that the light urinary leakage issues that
affect women in one stage of their life, will be different
from women in another stage.
That’s why Poise® provides information specifically for the bladder
control loss that is affecting you, as well as nutrition
and lifestyle tips to help you manage your bladder control more effectively.

Female Bladder

Women’s waterworks are more internalised than the male anatomy. While this has benefits, it also means the female bladder muscle structure is also internalised. This means light urinary leakage (incontinence) can result from the other influences on the female body – Pregnancy, childbirth, illness and infections, and menopause.

Women’s bladder control loss most often occurs because the pelvic floor muscles, which are under your bladder and around your urethra, have been weakened and are now not strong enough to prevent light urine escaping.

To understand this information, it helps to familiarise yourself with the female anatomy:

A side view diagram of the female urinary system

  • The kidneys filter light urine from the blood and this is stored in your bladder.
  • The bladder is a hollow muscular organ that holds the light urine until you decide that you feel full (hopefully at about 300 ml).
  • When you reach the toilet, you relax your pelvic floor muscles (the muscles under the bladder) and your brain gives permission for the bladder muscle to contract, squeezing the light urine out through the urethra – the tube from the bladder to the outside.
  • When the bladder muscle contracts, the muscle that holds the urethra shut during storage (called the sphincter), relaxes to allow the light urine to pass through.
  • The whole system is supported by the muscles of the pelvic floor that run from the tip of your tailbone through to the pubic bone (the front bone of your pelvis).
  • Women who experience bladder leakage have weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles, which under strain of other physical activity (exercising, coughing, and lifting) cannot hold back the light urine.

Other women’s pelvic floor muscles may be weakened or damaged in a way that may not be able to sense when their bladders are full, or fully be able to control the sphincter muscle around the urethra. This leads to a difficulty in controlling urination and can come at regular intervals, or in a sudden gush

Young Women

One glass too many

Alcohol and Caffeine can seem to be essentials in a career girl’s life, but dehydrate the body and irritate the bladder.

Bladder nutrition

Certain foods and drinks can irritate bladders. Citrus fruits, tomatoes or hot spices may be having this effect on you.

Take care, down there

Wipe from front to back after a bowel movement and wash the genital area after each bath or shower to avoid infections.

Pregnancy

Keep up your fluids

It might seem annoying to go to the toilet every half hour, but concentrated light urine can irritate the bladder and make things worse.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Pelvic floor exercises performed throughout pregnancy results in improved bladder control and also can help during labour.

Get more fibre

With a growing baby, constipation can become a common pregnancy condition and can strain the pelvic floor

Mothers

Protein

Protein rich foods are used to rebuild and strengthen weak muscles, including your pelvic floor.

New Mums and Exercise

Get back into exercising slowly but steadily. Losing the baby weight and getting all your muscles active will help your pelvic floor strengthen.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

It’s never too late to start repairing and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, and get back in control of your light urinary leakage.

Natural Changes

Exercise

Walking, yoga, and other regular exercise may ease some your menopause symptoms including your mood.

Keep your fluids up

Not drinking water can make the problem worse!

Watch your weight

Gaining weight can have a serious impact on your bladder and the supporting muscles of the pelvic floor.