It’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and that makes it a perfect time to learn why high blood pressure can cause bladder weakness that leads to uncomfortable urine leakage. Women who know what to avoid can reduce their chances of living with a leaking bladder, and learn how to manage the problem if it happens to them.
Blood pressure and your bladder
High blood pressure is a serious problem. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the stroke deaths that occur each year are blood pressure-related. If you have high blood pressure, it’s very important to get treatment and to follow physician’s orders. Women can also see to their blood pressure health with dieting, and you should definitely employ both diet and medication to prevent and control your high blood pressure. Make sure you’re staying at a healthy weight, and decrease your daily caloric intake to lose weight if needed.
But, you should know that it can lead to leaking bladder problems. Medications that address high blood pressure can cause the muscles around your bladder to relax, which leads to untimely urine leakage. This is not the worst of problems, but urinary incontinence can make life unpleasant and force you to restrict your daily activities. When you know that you are taking medications which could ultimately weaken your bladder muscles and cause leakage, you can start addressing the problem even before it starts and potentially avoid leaking bladder problems altogether. Physical therapy techniques are successful for the majority of women who try them to control their leaking bladders.
If you start experiencing leaking bladder problems, whether or not they’re due to high blood pressure medication, practice bladder control exercises to avoid urine leakage. Women experience leaking bladder problems in a wider majority than men, and they can occur for a number of reasons. Medication alone isn’t solely responsible for urine leakage. Muscles naturally weaken over time, and childbirth can cause a lot of muscle weakening in the pelvic floor, the set of muscles responsible for controlling the bladder.
Practice Kegels regularly to strengthen the muscles around the bladder. Squats and other exercises that target the pelvic floor are very effective at repairing those muscles. If you need help with your bladder control exercises, turn to a physical therapist for guidance. There are also guides online and even smartphone apps that make it easy to learn various bladder control exercises.
Learn more about managing your bladder weakness with our free special report, 5 Keys to Manage a Leaking Bladder or Overactive Bladder for Women Over 50.