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Introduction

Some facts and guidance about bladder issues

With over 20% of people over the age of 40 experiencing some kind of urinary disorder, bladder issues are more common than you might think. Get more facts on bladder issues

A lot of people who experience bladder issues may be hesitant to see their doctor. Many find it embarrassing to talk about while others consider it a sign of ageing that they just need to get used to. But in order to clarify what is causing the symptoms and to rule out anything potentially serious, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional.

 

When to get in contact with your doctor

You should make an appointment to see your doctor if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • I feel that I cannot fully empty my bladder
  • I need to get out of bed at night to pass urine
  • I leak urine during my sleep
  • Urine comes out in a weak stream
  • I often suffer from urinary tract infections
  • I need to pass urine more frequently than I used to
  • I feel an urge to pass even small amounts of urine
  • I feel an urge to pass even small amounts of urine and sometimes I do not make it to the toilet
  • I leak urine when I am physically active, laugh or sneeze

Depending on the cause and nature of your issues, you may be given advice about pelvic floor training, lifestyle changes such as modifying diet and fluid intake, or managing your symptoms with the help of pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices.

Coloplast offers a range of solutions that can help if you are unable to empty your bladder or if you experience urinary incontinence.

 

Unable to empty the bladder

Coloplast offers several Clean Intermittent Catheters (CIC). This kind of catheter is considered the gold standard for people with a long-term need for help emptying their bladder. 

 

Men with urinary incontinence

Coloplast offers a range of urisheaths for men who experience urinary incontinence. These are condom-type sheaths that are worn over the penis and connect to a collecting bag attached to the leg.

 

Surgical treatment

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Common causes of bladder issues

Causes of bladder problems are largely related to gender - often referred to as non-neurogenic bladder. Damage to the brain, spinal cord and nerves controlling the bladder can also affect the bladder, and this is referred to as a neurogen bladder. Causes of bladder problems

Non-neurogenic bladder

Men

The most common bladder issue men face is difficulty emptying the bladder. The cause of this is often an enlarged prostate, known as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).


Men can also be affected by urinary incontinence. This typically results from prostate or bladder surgery, but may also be consequence of age-related weakening of the pelvic floor. 

 

Women

For women, the most common bladder issue is urinary incontinence, also known as stress incontinence. This is often a consequence of weakening of the pelvic floor caused by childbirth and ageing. 

 

Neurogenic bladder

The term neurogenic bladder covers a variety of bladder issues. Typically, people with neurogenic bladder will have Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, diabetes mellitus, stroke etc

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Solutions for Incontinence

Coloplast offers a wide range of products to help you manage bladder and bowel issues. Here are a few suggestions for what to look for when choosing the right product.

 

Urisheaths and Urine bags

Conveen® A reliable alternative to male diapers

Conveen® A reliable alternative to male diapers

Conveen® Range Read more about our Conveen range
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Conveen Urisheaths and Urine Bags

Male urinary incontinence is a common condition. In fact, one in 20 men aged over 18 experience incontinence and that figure increases with age. But the good news is that it can be managed efficiently and discreetly with Conveen® - an 

alternative to protective underwear and pads.  

The Conveen® urisheath, used with the Conveen urine bag, provides a discreet, secure and reliable solution. It offers all day protection and is unobtrusive so that no-one will notice your problem. With Conveen you'll have the confidence to carry on doing what you enjoy most in the company of your friends and family. 

 

Download brochure below:

 

Conveen brochure pdf 3448 kb

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Intermittent catheters

EasiCath® A safe and easy to use intermittent catheter

EasiCath® A safe and easy to use intermittent catheter

Patients with neurogenic bladder dysfunction need a safe method that not only fully empties the bladder but also lowers the risk of urinary tract infections. EasiCath has been designed to meet that need. Learn more about Easicath
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Easicath®

References

1 Cindolo L, Palmieri EA, Autorino R, Sazano L, Atieri V., Urol Int 2004; 73: 19-22

2 “Coated catheters for intermittent catherization: Smooth or sticky?”; Fader M, Moore KN, Cottenden AMPettersson L, Brooks R, Malone-Lee J. BJU Int 2001;88(4):373-377

3 EAU guideline on neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (2012)

4 “Effect of bladder management on urological complications in spinal cord injured patients”;Weld K et al. J. Urol 2000:173;768-772

The benefits of EasiCath

  •  Minimises the risk of urinary tract infections compared to uncoated catheters1
  •  A single use, sterile intermittent catheter for good catheterisation hygiene
  •  Reduces the risk of urethral damage2
  • A hydrophilic coating for easy use

 

Clinical evidence proves the benefits of EasiCath as a preferred method of bladder emptying

  • EasiCath significantly decreases the number of urinarytract infections compared to uncoated catheters1, andhelps ensure no residual urine is left in the bladder
  • EasiCath has a smooth and uniform hydrophiliccoating that allows for easier catheter usage,thereby minimising the risk of urethral micro damagecompared to uncoated catheters and othertraditionally hydrophilic coated catheters2
  • Results in lower risk of urological complicationscompared to alternative bladder emptying methods3,4
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