Your Bladder is a Diva- Personality Testing of Your Bladder
There are many factors which can cause changes to your bladder habits. Childbirth, prolapse, constipation, endometriosis, medications, menopause, surgery and even the food we take in can cause our bladder to be a diva. When we refer to our bladders being a “diva”, I am describing the out of the norm signals the bladder shares like urgency, frequency, pain and leakage.
Any change in your bladder’s health is an important signal that your body is telling you something! Understanding how your bladder’s personality affects you can be somewhat difficult to diagnose as there can be layered personalities and issues. Doctors often dismiss bladder issues as a “normal'' part of childbirth or just getting older, but prolonged issues (over three months) can point to something else.
Long-term changes in your bladder function and habits could point to a prolapse, bladder retention issues, or the need for collagen or estrogen support.
The Myers & Briggs Personalities of the Bladder
The Urgent Bladder: Urge incontinence is leakage which is accompanied by a sudden urge to urinate. Normally, when your brain signals the need to use the bathroom, your pelvic floor muscles tense to keep the pee in and support you while you walk to the bathroom. Feeling a sudden urge to urinate, followed by leakage occurs when your brain’s signaling gets mixed up or irritable causing the bladder to contract. As soon as you feel the urge to pee, the bladder contracts and the pelvic muscles relax thus causing leakage. Stress, neurological changes including Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinsons, lumbar nerve pathology and even foods and beverages like alcohol and coffee are a huge factor that mixes the messages between your brain, your bladder, and your pelvic floor.