For some women, it can feel like you always have to go. You’re the only one in the car who has to hit a rest stop four times on the way to Grandma’s house, and you’re always found in the washroom on break at work. You can blame it on your morning cup of joe, sure, but how come you have met so many ladies who can hold it all day long? Is there something wrong?

 

“There are a number of reasons influencing how often we have to pee, including age, diet, medical conditions, medications, volume of fluid intake, and type of fluid intake.” says Ekene Enemchukwu, M.D., urologist at Stanford Medical Center.

Age is the number one influence, according to Enemchukwu. How old you are increases the urgency and frequency of your washroom visits by a substantial amount. This can be caused by a weakening of the bladder muscles, which is a normal occurrence.

Diet is a surprising factor as to why we feel the need to go more often than others. If we’re always consuming a bladder irritant such as pop, alcohol, acidic fruit, spicy food or sugar, this can increase our need to pee. Many of these irritants are unhealthy additives to our diet, and should be eliminated in order to benefit our body. As for fruit and spicy food, try lessening the frequency in which you consume these foods.

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Caffeine is the bladder-irritant heavyweight. It is the biggest culprit of bladder hyperactivity.

“Caffeine is both a direct bladder irritant, and it’s also a diuretic.” says Bilal Chughtai, M.D., assistant professor of urology at Cornell. “It makes your bladder more overactive, and it also makes you produce more urine.”

Stress can also be a leading cause of problems throughout your body, including frequent urination. If you’re feeling anxious, it can lead to high sensitivity of the bladder. It’s important you learn to manage it order to avoid constant trips to the ladies room.

Enemchukwu recommends using bladder training exercises to help prevent accidents and overactive bladder issues. Her patients try and hold their pee for an hour, then two and eventually try to achieve a three-hour window between bathroom breaks. This is the ideal time frame for a healthy bladder. Doing kegel exercises can also strengthen bladder muscles!

If you’re experiencing bladder control problems, don’t let embarrassment keep you from getting the help you need.

Do you have any tips for training your bladder? Share your health secrets with us in the comments!

Source: Women’s Health

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