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8 Ways to Manange Frequent Urination

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tips for managing frequent urinationI am dealing with frequent urination. What could be the cause and what can I do about it?


Frequent urination can be disruptive and embarrassing. It affects your quality of life, disrupts your sleep, and puts a damper on sexual relations. No matter where you are or what you are doing, needing to rush to the bathroom several times a day is a nuisance.

The first step to treating frequent urination is discovering the cause. Do you have a fibroid, interstitial cystitis (IC), pelvic organ prolapse, or diabetes? Are you taking medications, such as a diuretic? Have you had a stroke? Do you have a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

Depending on the cause of your frequent urination, you can take steps to address it. For instance, if you have IC, avoiding foods that irritate your bladder can be helpful. If you have a prolapse, supporting your pelvic floor or doing pelvic floor physical therapy could be the key.

You’ll need to work with your doctor to identify the cause of your urination urgency and then choose the steps which will work best for you. While you are undergoing diagnosis and making decisions, the following therapies could help minimize your frequency and bring you some relief.

Check your meds.

Some medications can contribute to frequent urination. These can include diuretics, high blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and medications which cause constipation. If you experience frequent urination, review any medications and supplements with your doctor.

Check your fluids.

It’s important to stay hydrated and avoid constipation, but drinking too much of the wrong fluids can have you making frequent trips to the bathroom. Alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages can worsen urination frequency, so keep these drinks to a minimum. If you are up several times during the night, you should also avoid liquids a few hours prior to bedtime.

Modify your diet.

Even if you do not have IC, following a bladder-friendly diet could help with urination frequency. Spicy foods, tomato products, chocolate, caffeine (tea and coffee), acidic foods, and citrus are just some of the foods that can irritate your bladder and cause frequency issues. And while cranberries and cranberry juice might help many with a UTI, they can be an irritant for those with bladder issues.

Prevent constipation.

Constipation can cause pressure on the bladder, resulting in frequent urination. Adequate fluids and fiber are both essential for keeping stool soft and avoiding constipation. You may also need to ask your doctor to review your medications to see if constipation is a side effect.

Do your Kegels.

Done correctly, Kegel exercises will strengthen your pelvic muscles and can provide symptom relief. You can discreetly do them several times per day.

Biofeedback.

With biofeedback, you can learn to retrain and strengthen your pelvic muscles, allowing you to hold your bladder for longer periods of time and reduce your bathroom visits.

Bladder training.

Practice holding your bladder, even if you start with just a few minutes at a time. You can then slowly increase the amount of time you wait before using the bathroom. This therapy requires consistency and patience–so don’t give up too soon.

Make some lifestyle changes.

Smoking and obesity can contribute to frequent urination. Your doctor can help you choose both a weight loss and smoking cessation plan to improve your overall health. You can make better choices for better health by eating well, working exercise into your daily routine, and taking care of you!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-24-2016 - 04:37 PM


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