Medical Conditions & Bladder Weakness
How can medical conditions affect the bladder?
Various unrelated conditions can put you at risk for bladder issues. However, these types of incontinence have a good chance of improving or resolving once the underlying condition is treated. Conditions may include:
- A urinary tract infection (UTI) has bacteria that will irritate the inside of the bladder and cause feelings of urgency.
- Stroke. A common consequence of stroke is reduced mobility, which increases the risk of functional urinary incontinence.
- Diabetes. Women with diabetes are more prone to impaired bladder sensitivity, resulting in urinary leaks from overflow. Diabetes is also associated with large amounts of urine caused by high blood sugar, which increases the risk of leaks.
- Obesity can cause incontinence because the abdomen puts increased pressure on the pelvic floor and bladder.