Smokers Wet Their Pants (more frequently)

Another gyno lecture about stopping to smoke, and yes, we can help you do that. But bottom line, if you didn't realize why you are having increasing problem with over active bladder, urge incontinence or mixed incontinence disorders, well for those of you who still smoke are all linked to smoking. Of course smokers have more frequent and more forceful coughs too, so the challenge to the bladder integrity is there constantly. Tobacco side products and nicotine lower estrogen, which may also have the long term consequences of weakening your pelvic floor. So eCigs probably won't help you solve this problem, you really should quit! There probably is also a direct link with nicotine and contractions of the bladder wall called detrusor contractions.Studies also reveal that more urinary retention occurs in smokers, and it can be a source of infections and lower abdominal discomfort.   Cystometrics at womenshealthpractice.com can help you make a diagnosis. And some of these changes may be reversed if you decrease or quit. On the other hand, damage to the actual muscles leading to pelvic floor anatomy problems, could be permanent. If you can't stop, at least get your daughters to learn the dangers of smoking! Wet pants, ok if you just popped out of the pool, otherwise, not good for us!

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