When you need a wee bit of help; Your Sex Doctor: ISSUE OF THE WEEK.
ONE in five over 40s in the UK suffer from an overactive bladder.
Yet despite the help that's available, over 50 per cent of those with the condition don't feel comfortable discussing it with their family and one in three don't even want to mention it to their GP.
But bladder problems can have huge affects on a person's life. Frequent loo breaks and having to get up several times in the night can play havoc with your life.
Trouble ahead IF you get a sudden urge to go the toilet that you just can't ignore then you may have an overactive bladder.
The condition compels sufferers to go to the loo frequently, even during the night.
The cause THE bladder wall is made up of a huge muscle that contracts when you go to the toilet.
For reasons that are still unclear, this muscle can become oversensitive and contracts suddenly as the bladder fills up resulting in a sudden need to urinate.
The treatment THE temptation with an overactive bladder is to cut down how much you drink, but you should resist this as it's important to keep hydrated.
Instead you should try retraining the bladder to not react so quickly. Bladder retraining NEXT time you feel the urge to urinate hold on for five minutes more.
Try to distract yourself with a task. With time you'll find yourself able to hold on for longer and longer. Other tips EXERCISING your pelvic floor muscles will help. Squeeze the muscles as if you want to stop yourself peeing, then release.
Do this 10 times in quick succession and repeat the exercises at least three times a day. Alternatively ask your GP to refer you to a physiotherapist who is experienced at pelvic floor strengthening exercises.
Caffeine can sometimes irritate the bladder so cut down on caffeinated drinks and hold back on alcohol too. For more information take a look at www.amatterofurgency.co.uk