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The bladder is an organ in your body that stores wee (urine) before it passes out of the body. Good bladder health helps you maintain bladder control and reduces the risk of bladder problems, including urinary incontinence.

It’s common for women to have bladder problems at different stages in life, for example, after having a baby, during perimenopause and after menopause.

Learn more about the bladder and pelvic floor muscles, and conditions that affect the bladder such as urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, overactive bladder and bladder pain syndrome.

When learning about good bladder health, it’s helpful to know how the bladder and pelvic floor muscles work. Read more

Urinary incontinence is when you have accidental wee leakage. It’s a common condition that can be treated, managed and sometimes cured. Learn more about urinary incontinence, the causes and how it’s diagnosed and treated. Read more

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects the urinary system, including the bladder, urethra and kidneys. UTIs are very common. One in two women will get a UTI in their lifetime. And about one in three women will have a UTI needing treatment before they are 24 years of age. Learn more about UTIs, the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. Read more

An overactive bladder is a condition where you have a strong urgency to wee and need to go to the toilet more often.  More than 10% of the general population have an overactive bladder. People aged over 65 are twice as likely to be affected. Learn more about this condition, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment options. Read more

Bladder pain syndrome is a condition where you experience discomfort in your bladder area, which can be associated with a frequent and urgent need to wee. Most people with this condition are women. Learn more about bladder pain syndrome, including the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment options. Read more

This con­tent has been reviewed by a group of med­ical sub­ject mat­ter experts, in accor­dance with Jean Hailes pol­i­cy.