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Do This - Not That: Better Bathroom Habits

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Better bathroom habitsUnless you’ve had problems, you probably don’t think twice about your bathroom habits. When you have to go, you go.

As a woman, however, you should be putting more thought into going to the bathroom. For a healthy pelvic floor, you need a strategic plan that includes developing good bathroom habits.

Without a solid plan, you're at risk for pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary tract infections, and other pelvic issues. Going to the bathroom may become physically challenging, painful, and even embarrassing. You could go from not thinking about it to being consumed by thoughts of using the bathroom.

Thankfully, a prolapsing pelvic floor can often be diverted -- and it begins in the restroom!

DO THIS:
  • Always completely empty your bowel and bladder.
  • On the toilet: elevate your feet slightly so your knees are slightly higher than your hips,
    rest your elbows on your knees,
    relax your abdominal muscles,
    push your stomach out over your belly button, and
    contract your pelvic floor muscles before standing up.
  • Wipe from front to back.
  • Go to the bathroom when your bladder feels full.
  • Eat a healthy diet to promote regular bowel movement.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • If your urine is dark yellow, increase your fluids.
  • Regular exercise helps with bowel function.
  • Practice Kegels regularly.
  • Wash your hands when you finish.

NOT THAT:
  • Don’t strain on the toilet.
  • Don’t spend considerable amounts of time just sitting on the toilet.
  • Don’t go to the bathroom just in case – this can teach your bladder to be lazy.
  • Don’t stop urine midstream.
  • Don’t rush – empty your bladder and bowels completely.
  • Don’t put off emptying your bowel – you could develop constipation.
  • Don’t overuse stool softeners and laxatives.
  • Don’t hover over the toilet.
  • Don’t drink too much caffeine or alcohol.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about your bathroom habits.
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.

09-08-2016 - 10:02 PM


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