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Take Back Your Bladder Control: How to Stop Frequent Urination

The constant need to urinate is enough to disrupt your whole life. Find out what causes it and how to stop frequent urination and take back your life.

An average person will urinate about 6 to 8 times in a full day.

But if you’re urinating enough for it to be annoying, you may start to feel frustrated.

Maybe you can’t take that long road trip because you don’t want to stop for a restroom every few minutes. Maybe you’re getting sick of walking from your desk to the bathroom.

The constant need to urinate is enough to disrupt your whole life. Find out what causes it and how to stop frequent urination and take back your life.

How To Stop Frequent Urination

Frequent urination can start to consume your life and take up a lot of your time. All the time spent going to the bathroom adds up and not being able to sleep through the night can take a toll on your life. You can also start to avoid going places for the fear of having to urinate all the time.

Make Changes in Your Lifestyle

Fixing frequent urination issues could be as easy as making simple changes in your habits and diet.

There are certain foods that can make you feel the urge to urinate even more frequently. These foods and drinks include:

  • Sodas/Carbonated Drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy Food
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Alcohol

Avoiding or limiting these foods and drinks may relieve some of your symptoms.

You may also want to consider what you wear. Wearing tight, high waisted jeans or pants will put more pressure on your bladder and make you feel the need to pee more often.

Instead, wear something that’s light and comfortable, like a dress or a skirt.

Stick to a Urinating Schedule

One other way you can train your bladder is to create a urinating schedule and stick to it.

Most women should be able to avoid going to the bathroom for about three to six hours at a time.

Set certain times each day that you will urinate, and as the weeks go on, make the intervals farther and farther apart. Think of it like training for a marathon — you have to start small. By doing this, you should be able to train your brain and your bladder to not feel the urge as much.

If you feel like you can’t make it to the next scheduled bathroom trip, try using relaxation techniques to hold it.

Lose Weight

One research discovered that women who were overweight who also lost 10% of their weight saw their bladder control improve by 50%.

Unfortunately, obesity can put extra pressure on your bladder as well.

The extra weight will push on your bladder and can cause stress incontinence. This is when urine leaks out after adding doing something like laughing, coughing, or sneezing.

Figuring out how to stop frequent urination could be as simple as trying to lose weight. To do that, eating healthier and regularly exercising is a good place to start.

Kegel Exercises and Muscle Training

Your bladder is lined with muscle tissues, so like any other workout, you can strengthen it.

Kegel exercises (pelvic exercises) are a good place to start in addition to regularly exercising. These pelvic exercises are supposed to help train and strengthen your muscles so that it doesn’t keep contracting.

Kegel exercises can be pretty easy to do. Here are some to start with that you can try to help control your frequent urination:

  • When you’re urinating, trying stopping in the middle of it. The muscles that you will use to do these are your pelvic floor muscles which can help control frequent urination.
  • When you don’t feel the need to pee and when you know your bladder is empty, try tightening those muscles. Hold the muscles for five seconds and then relax for another five seconds. Repeat this five times a day. When you feel like you have that under control, then do it 10 times a day for 10 seconds and so on.

Being Pregnant

If you are pregnant, this may be one of the main causes for your frequent urination.

Stress incontinence is common among pregnant women because the baby expanding the uterus puts pressure on the bladder.

To help limit your bathroom trips while pregnant, there are a few things you can try.

  • Avoid constipation so that more of your organs aren’t pushing on your bladder
  • Wear pads to protect from random leaks
  • Avoid soda and carbonation, citrus, tomatoes, and coffee because these can increase that urge
  • Stay hydrated so that you don’t end up with a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Even after the child is born, these problems may continue. Having a child can weaken your pelvic floor muscles which leads to frequent urination.

Try Medication

If none of these solutions work, there are medications that can help control your frequent urination.

These are some medicines that are prescribed for this issue:

  • Mirabegron (Mybetriq)
    • This medication is used to help with urinary incontinence. It works by relaxing the bladder muscles, which enables the bladder to feel like it can hold more urine before signaling to you that you need to pee. It could also help you completely empty your bladder when you do go to the bathroom so that you aren’t making frequent trips.
  • Imipramine (Tofranil)
    • This medicine is actually a tricyclic antidepressant. This medication will help relax your bladder muscles. This is prescribed for stress incontinence and the urge to go.
  • Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX)
    • In some cases, your doctor may prescribe BOTOX to help reduce spasms in your bladder which can cause the need to urinate all the time. In addition to reducing the spasms, it can also relax your muscles so that you don’t feel the need to go as often.

Talk To Your Doctor

Figuring out how to stop frequent urination can be difficult if you’re not sure exactly what is causing it.

If you don’t think it’s a simple solution, talk to your doctor to make sure you don’t have a bigger, underlying issue like a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

You shouldn’t feel embarrassed about talking to your doctor about this because it can happen to anyone, and they’ve heard it all before. They are there to help you.

If you’re sick of letting frequent trips to the bathroom dictate your life, schedule an appointment now.

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