If you want to get fit for a marathon you need to train up, and getting your bladder fit for everyday life is just the same. You can train it to hold more without leaking or getting sudden urges to race to the bathroom and improve your bladder control.
Incontinence in women is a common problem, but fewer than 40% of individuals seek medical advice. If you suffer from bladder weakness then it’s important to know that bladder treatment options are available. Take a look at the pelvic floor exercises we have on video or try the downloadable bladder diary to help with your bladder training.
Always discuss your bladder problem issues with your health care professional. They can help determine your cause and type of incontinence, as well as assisting you in your steps to recovery.
Get control of your bladder, because the last thing you want to do is let bladder weakness get in the way of doing the things you love.
Your bladder cycle
Normally the bladder empties only when it’s full, which should be every 3 – 4 hours. However, an overactive bladder contracts when it’s not full, forcing out small amounts of urine with little or no warning. This means frequent dashes to the bathroom, and can mean embarrassment if you don’t make it in time. Fear of accidents may mean you pop to the loo more frequently, “just in case”. And this will make things even worse.
Just like other muscles in the body, you can improve the control over your bladder by training the muscles around it. Bladder training aims to reduce the number of times you have to go to the bathroom. It helps suppress those unneeded urges to go and aims to improve your bladder capacity to the normal 2 cupfuls, without any leaking or mad dashes to the loo.