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Learning all you can about your bladder and how it functions is key to feeling more confident. By increasing your basic understanding of bladder health, you can be better equipped to manage your leakage. Take this simple true or false quiz to grow your knowledge and boost your confidence!

True or False

1. Bladder leakage is a disease.False. Bladder leakage is a symptom, not a disease, and in many cases it’s only temporary.

2. Bladder leakage is a very rare occurrence.False. Nearly 4 million American men are affected by leakage.

3. Leakage can occur if there’s an interruption of the signals between the bladder and the brain.True. The bladder stores urine until it sends a signal to the brain that it needs to be emptied. When that signal is interrupted or if any part of the urinary system malfunctions, leakage can occur.

4. An inflamed or enlarged prostate gland can result in urine leakage.True. Although loss of bladder control is not typically associated with inflamed or enlarged prostate glands, leakage can certainly occur.

5. Medications prescribed for conditions unrelated to the urinary system can cause bladder leakage.True. Among the many prescriptions that can affect the bladder are antihypertensive and pain medications. Consult your doctor for more information.

6. What you eat and drink can contribute to frequent urination.True. Lots of foods and beverages can trigger leakage.

7. Losing bladder control is just a normal part of aging.False. Aging does not cause a leaky bladder. Damage, disease, and other health issues are the common causes.

8. Cold weather can affect leakage.True. Studies suggest cold weather irritates bladder muscles creating over-activity.

9. There’s very little that can be done to reverse bladder leakage.False. There are many simple steps that can be taken to treat and often eliminate leakage.

10. Drinking a lot less water throughout the day can help reduce leakage.False. When you drink less water, urine becomes more concentrated and can irritate the lining of the bladder and urethra.

11. Kegel exercises are intended for women only.False. Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles that are used to stop urinating, and both women and men have those muscles.

12. If you’re overweight, you can improve leakage by dropping the pounds.True. Extra weight puts pressure on your bladder so weight loss can help. Just a 5-10% weight loss can help relieve the pressure and aid in controlling leakage.

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