Many Time People Ask Me "How To Avoid Urinary Problem...Can I Prevent It?" Answer is YES...only by changing your life style a bit...I asked them... DO YOU...?
Go to toilet more than 5 - 8 times in 24hours? Get up more than once a night? Drink less than the normal fluid average intake for a day, ie. 6 - 8 cups? Go to the toilet "just in case"? Wet yourself when you cough, laugh, sneeze or exercise etc? Have an urgent need to pass urine? Leak before you get to the toilet? Push and strain to move your bowel? If you have said "Yes" to any of the above, you may be developing bad bladder habits.
GOOD BLADDER HABITS
It is normal to go to the toilet about 5-7 times per day and no more than once at night. Your bladder should be able to hold up to 2 cups (400 - 450mls) of urine. You can usually pass between 1 to 2 cups of urine each time you go. Try to go only when your bladder is full and when you need to go. Don't go to the toilet "just in case" as this may result in the bladder developing a smaller capacity (unless you are going on a long trip or just before bed for example.) Take your time when emptying your bladder so that it empties completely. Being in a rush may lead to incomplete emptying and predispose you to urinary infections. Make sure you sit on the seat. Do not bear down to empty. Do not hover over the toilet. Maintain a good fluid intake
Drink an adequate amount of fluid (This includes tea, coffee, milo, soup etc). Assuming there are no other medical problems 6-8 glasses per day is the amount to aim for. This amount ensures urine does not become concentrated and that there is enough available fluid to keep bowel motions moist and soft, therefore avoiding constipation. It is advisable to limit intake of bladder irritants such as tea, coffee, cola drinks and alcohol.