You might be surprised to discover that these two seemingly unrelated issues can be connected! Here's the scoop on constipation and bladder leakage:
1. Bladder Obstruction and Pressure: Your rectum and colon cozy up right behind your bladder. When waste accumulates in the rectum, it can put pressure on the bladder. This added pressure can make it tricky for your bladder to fully empty when you need to go.
Added pressure and a bladder which doesn't completely empty can lead to accidental leakage and exacerbate urinary urgency and frequency. It's like a double whammy, reducing the volume your bladder can hold and making you feel the need to rush to the toilet frequently.
2. Disrupted Flora: Constipation can disrupt the normal flora in your gut, which can lead to an overgrowth of not-so-friendly bacteria.
These unwelcome guests can travel from your rectum to your urethra, potentially causing a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs may cause temporary incontinence.
3. Weakened Pelvic Floor: When you're constipated, passing stool becomes difficult, and you often end up straining during bowel movements. This straining puts significant pressure on the pelvic floor muscles. Over time, this constant strain can cause the muscles to stretch and weaken which inhibits your ability to control urinary leakage.
Remember, it's all connected in the intricate web of your body. So, keeping things moving smoothly down there and maintain a strong pelvic floor to positively impact your bladder control.