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Bladder Training

slider-03What is bladder training?

Bladder training may be used to treat an overactive bladder (OAB). OAB  is a condition where the bladder contracts causing a sudden uncontrollable  urge to go to the toilet before you are ready to do so. This can happen especially if you get into the habit of going “just in case”, as the bladder becomes accustomed to holding smaller and smaller amounts of urine and starts to send signals to the brain to empty the bladder earlier and earlier.

Bladder training is designed to help teach the bladder  to hold more urine and reduce  the number of times you need to pass urine (frequency). It also helps to stop urine leaking when you experience urgency (the sudden, uncontrollable urge to pass water).

By increasing the intervals between each urge to empty the bladder the bladder can gradually be stretched to enable it to hold more urine.When you feel the urge to go to the toilet aim to delay passing urine by five to fifteen minutes the following week increase this time from the first urge by another ten to fifteen minutes. Over the next few weeks your bladder will gradually stretch and become accustomed  to holding more urine resulting in a reduction in your symptoms.

Bladder training requires determination and willpower be persistent and remember that you bladder is like any other muscle in the body and may require a few months training in order to reach its full potential.

It is important that you do not cut back on the amount of fluid you drink during a day as this can cause urinary track infections which will increase your symptoms aim to drink between 1.5 -2 litres of fluid a day . Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol as these may cause your symptoms to increase

 

Lifestyle Changes may also help in the treatment of Overactive Bladder

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If you wish to make an appointment to seek further advice and or treatment, please contact Mr Ockrim’s secretary.

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