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Unfortunately, many women decide not to speak about their bladder problems. A pity, because problems with your bladder generally are easy to treat. Many women often live with bladder issues for an unnecessarily long period of time. This might cause the problem to become worse over time. Do you experience any bladder problems? Women’s Healthcare Centre Amsterdam is happy to offer you personal care, quality and attention.

Most bladder problems are easy to treat

Many women still find it uncomfortable to talk to their doctor about their bladder issues. By bladder problems we mean unnecessary loss of urine, pain when urinating, often having to urinate or a bladder infection that may or may not recur regularly. In addition to embarrassment, ignorance about the possible treatment of bladder complaints also plays a role. Many women therefore do not seek help, while their issues and pains are often easy to treat. This does not always mean that all problems disappear completely, but they do decrease considerably. This greatly improves the quality of life.

Causes of bladder problems

The most common cause of urinary loss at a later age is childbirth. The pelvic floor muscles were stretched by the birth and did not fully recover. Sometimes this can lead to subsidence, which aggravates the symptoms. Other causes are the lifestyle and environmental factors such as fluid intake, obesity, insufficient use of the pelvic floor muscles. Smoking and squeezing in the event of constipation are also risk factors. Bladder problems increase over the years and often peak after the menopause.

Different forms of urinary incontinence

With urinary incontinence, bladder control is reduced or even completely eliminated. 25% of all women will experience this in their lives. There are 3 different forms of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence and mixed incontinence.

In the case of stress incontinence, you accidentally lose urine during exercise such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, exercising, jumping or during intercourse. There is no urge here. With urge incontinence, there is precisely an urge to urge to urinate. The result is that you have to pee very often, even at night. It also happens that both forms are present at the same time. We call this mixed incontinence.

Overactive bladder

Hurrying to get to the toilet on time, having to urinate very often, being unable to stop peeing when you feel an urge or too strong an urge? These are all characteristics of an overactive bladder. This means that you no longer have control over your bladder.

Painful urination

Painful urination occurs regularly. It varies from a slight burning sensation to intense pain. The most common cause is a urinary tract infection, but can also be caused by chronic abnormalities such as an over-stimulating bladder, bladder pain syndrome or bladder cancer. In case of any pains it is always useful to consult a medical specialist. Especially when the symptoms do not disappear, it is important to call in specialist care.

Recurrent cystitis

A bladder infection can often be recognized by an annoying urge to urinate, always urinating little bits and pain or a burning sensation when urinating. Usually an antibiotic is prescribed. If the symptoms do not decrease after taking the antibiotics, it is important to further examination the possible cause of the inflammation.

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Do you recognize yourself in one of the described bladder issues? Don't ignore these problems! WHC Amsterdam is an independent treatment centre in Amsterdam with a focus on women's care. We support, treat and help a large number of women in the Amsterdam region with complaints and problems in the field of women's care. Do you want to make an appointment with one of our specialists or do you want to know more? You can reach us on 020 6420 229 or use our contact form.