Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence is often considered a taboo subject, but in fact millions of women in America suffer from this problem. Incontinence refers to the inability to control your urination.

It is often considered a simple sign of aging, but it should be taken seriously because incontinence does have the habit of making life frustrating and difficult. The causes of incontinence in fibromyalgia are not known. It may have to do with weakened bladder muscles or fatigue.

There are four types of incontinence:

  • Stress Incontinence: Urinary stress incontinence is caused by pressure on the lower abdomen (eg. Laughing, coughing, exercising)
  • Urge Incontinence: Causes an urge to urinate that occurs only seconds before urination
  • Overflow Incontinence: This incontinence problem causes constant dripping of urine due to the overfilling of the bladder
  • Functional Incontinence: Functional incontinence is characterized by normal bladder control but the inability to get to the washroom in time (as a result of illness or age)


Dyspareunia refers to pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse. It can sometimes cause such extreme pain that sex is impossible. Like incontinence, most women refuse to talk with their health care providers about dyspareunia.

However, dyspareunia can make fibromyalgia even more difficult and can often cause stress in relationships. If you experience dyspareunia it is important to visit with your doctor.

Symptoms of dyspareunia include:

  • pain at the entranceway to the vagina
  • extreme sensitivity of the labia
  • painful clitoris
  • pain deep inside the vagina
  • pain upon thrusting
  • rarely, pain while sitting down or wearing pants

Dyspareunia mostly affects women, though it can affect men sometimes too. No one is really sure of the cause of dyspareunia in fibromyalgia. Typically, painful intercourse is the result of bacterial infection, a sexually transmitted disease, or trauma to the pelvic or vaginal area. The extreme sensitivity caused by fibromyalgia may be the cause of this painful intercourse.


Chronic dysuria is often a common complaint among those with fibromyalgia. Both women and men can suffer from the problem, though its causes are often unknown. Dysuria causes a burning sensation while peeing. It can also be accompanied by pain in the abdomen or bladder discomfort.

Treating Urinary and Pelvic Problems

Because urinary and pelvic problems can impact your life negatively, it is important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Though you may feel embarrassed, your health care provider has seen these problems many times and won't even think twice about it.


Table of Contents
1. Urinary Problems
2. Can't hold it in?
3. Strengthening the bladder
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