Bladder health is relevant for all ages and all sexes. I never thought twice about it because I am young and I’ve never had a baby. But my current bladder health will determine my future. I admit I squat over the toilet at work and I am in a rush. Who has time to pee, was my philosophy, but now that I am educated I know how important it is to relax my pelvic floor each time I urinate.
Here are my 5 Things You Should Know About Your Bladder Health
- Carbonated drinks can be a bladder irritant. Meaning, it can increase the urge sensation that you have to urinate, although your bladder isn’t full. This is due to the fact it contains phosphorous. Other irritants include caffeine, spicy foods, and citrus fruits.
- You need to sit on the toilet, no squatting over the toilet! When you don’t fully sit you cant relax your pelvic floor. So it is likely you won’t empty you full potential. We all want to reach our full potential right?
- It’s not normal to leak. Not at all. Not when you cough, sneeze, or laugh, Yes, not even after giving birth.
- It’s NOT healthy to go “just in case” … This teaches our bladder to communicate to the brain that our bladder is full when in fact it is not! We don’t want to reward that behavior!
- You should urinate 5-8 times a day (every 24 hours) and that means every 3-4 hours.
If this is making you think I might have urinary concerns, 1. You’re not alone 2. You should see a pelvic floor specialist.
If you have a PPO and/or are looking for direct access you can find a local Physical or Occupational therapist via (insert PF search engine)
Or you can first see your gynecologist, but they often do not have the skills to assist so will defer or hopefully refer to therapy. If you really want a doctor’s perspective see a Uro-gynecologist as they have further surgical training and are well versed in urinary dysfunction.
If you’re a woman and also interested in your menstrual health. Read my post What You Need to Know About Menstrual Cups!
Yup, This is About YOU
If you’re thinking this isn’t a big deal and I can deal. It is a big deal because the number ONE reason for admittance into a long term care facility is due to incontinence. The family feels unable to care for the individual when they do not have full control over bladder function and need to use diapers.
Start now and keep your independence longer. But also, live a better more fulfilled life!
If you can, why not?
There’s No Better Time Than Now,