Frequent urination may be problematic to your bladder. Just like any other muscle of the body, the bladder must be strong and toned and this is done by exercise. The normal functions of the bladder mean it will be contracting as urine is eliminated and stretched as urine fills the bladder. If the bladder never gets a chance to fill completely with urine before it is eliminated, the muscle will not get the exercise it needs and will be weakened. If this continues over a period of time the bladder will loose its normal strength and tone and therefore will not be strong enough to retain a normal amount of urine.
Diagnosing Urinary Incontinence Problems
Urinary incontinence is not a disease, but it is a symptom. Properly diagnosing is a must in order to put the most beneficial incontinence treatments in place. To get an accurate diagnosis of any urinary incontinence, the doctor will sometimes order urine, bladder and blood tests along with his exam which will include numerous questions.
Knowing that the doctor will be asking a lot of questions, it is best to be prepared with a comprehensive history of any medications being taken, the liquids and the amounts of intake each day, any surgeries or illnesses in past history, frequencies of urination, and if any accidents or leakage happen a detailed list of how much and when this happens.
Specialized Testing for Urinary Incontinence
Specialized testing comes into play after the common tests and the exams revealed a need for a more in-depth testing procedure. Then the specialist is called in who deals with urinary disorders, the urologist. For female adult patients, the doctor will be a urogynecologist. While at the office of the specialist, more advanced testing will be performed.
The specialist will need to decide if the problem lies in evacuating the bladder. This procedure is called Postvoid residual (PVR) measurement. How it works is after you empty your bladder into a container that is like a funnel, your specialist is able to measure the output of the urine. Then the urine that is left is measured by the use of a thin tube, a catheter, that is put into the bladder to get any urine that may be left. Sometimes an ultrasound is used which is a devise that is like a wand that is run over the abdomen. Sound waves are picked up through area of the pelvis. A readout shows on a computer screen with a picture of your bladder. The specialist can then determine if the bladder is empty or full. If there is a significant volume of urine remaining in your bladder it will indicate a problem with the muscles or the nerves of your bladder due to some kind of obstruction.