Bladder problems can be divided into two types; those relating to the storage of urine and those relating to the emptying of urine. Some people experience a combination of these symptoms.
- Problems storing your urine – storage problems can lead to symptoms such as needing to go to the toilet immediately (known as urgency) and needing to go to the toilet often (known as frequency) during the day and night (called nocturia). Occasional bladder accidents (called incontinence) may also occur where bladder control is lost and urine leaks out.
- Problems emptying your bladder – emptying problems can result in symptoms such as difficulty passing urine (known as hesitancy) and a feeling of the bladder not emptying properly (known as retention).