Bladder problems can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are many strategies and tips that can help improve bladder health and manage bladder problems. Here are some of the most effective strategies and tips for better bladder health:
- Drink plenty of fluids: Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, is important for maintaining bladder health. Staying hydrated helps to flush out bacteria and reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. However, it is important to avoid bladder irritants such as caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks, as these can worsen bladder symptoms.
- Practice pelvic floor muscle exercises: Pelvic floor muscle exercises, also known as Kegels, can help to strengthen the muscles that support the bladder, uterus, and rectum. By performing regular Kegels, you can improve bladder control and reduce the risk of bladder problems such as urinary incontinence.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on the bladder and increase the risk of bladder problems. Maintaining a healthy weight can help to improve bladder health and reduce the risk of bladder problems.
- Manage constipation: Constipation can put extra pressure on the bladder and worsen bladder problems. To manage constipation, it is important to eat a high-fibre diet, drink plenty of fluids, and exercise regularly.
- Avoid bladder irritants: Certain foods and drinks can irritate the bladder and worsen bladder problems. Common bladder irritants include caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, spicy foods, and artificial sweeteners. Avoiding these irritants can help to improve bladder health.
- Use the bathroom regularly: Holding in urine for long periods of time can lead to bladder problems and increase the risk of urinary tract infections. It is important to use the bathroom regularly and avoid holding in urine for long periods of time.
- Try bladder retraining: Bladder retraining is a type of therapy that can help to improve bladder control. This involves gradually increasing the time between bathroom trips and reducing the number of bathroom trips throughout the day. Over time, bladder retraining can help to improve bladder control and reduce the risk of bladder problems.
- See a healthcare provider: If you are experiencing bladder problems, it is important to see a healthcare provider. A healthcare provider can help to diagnose the underlying cause of your bladder problems and recommend appropriate treatment.
At Miracle Hospital, the urogynaecologists on our staff are committed to assisting patients in attaining the highest level of urogynaecology health possible. We provide a variety of treatments and services to assist in the management of bladder difficulties, such as exercises for the pelvic floor muscles, bladder training, medication, and adjustments to one’s way of life. Our mission is to assist our patients in achieving improved bladder health so that they can enhance the overall quality of their lives.