Bladder issues are very common in adult women. About one-quarter of American women over the age of 20 have some form of pelvic floor disorder, including a range of problems affecting the bladder.
We see these conditions regularly at Southeast Urogyn, and we know many lifestyle factors contribute to bladder disorders. Your daily life and habits affect your bladder health.
Since November is National Bladder Health Awareness Month, we’ve prepared a short list of six lifestyle habits that support your bladder health.
Drink plenty of water
The recommended level of 6-8 glasses of water daily is a good target for general bladder health, particularly when you limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine too.
It’s possible to drink too much water, so the need to urinate becomes excessive. There are also medical conditions, such as heart disease and kidney failure, that may require less fluid intake. If you’re unsure about your ideal intake, ask us.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common problems affecting the bladder that women experience. You can reduce the risk of a UTI by emptying your bladder completely. If you don’t, a backwash of urine may pick up bacteria along the way.
Keep a food diary
Women are more prone to a condition called interstitial cystitis than men. The condition causes pain and urinary urge incontinence, and it also contributes to female sexual dysfunction.
Certain foods, particularly those high in acids, may be a contributing factor. Keep a food diary to help you identify the foods that aggravate your symptoms.
Moderate physical activity
Staying active benefits so many systems in your body, and your urinary tract is no different. A sedentary lifestyle tends to lead to fluid retention in your legs during the day while also causing frequent nighttime urination.
Walking is one of the best ways to beat fluid retention, and any moderate physical activity can help.
Control your weight
That extra walking will help you manage a healthy weight, an important good habit that lowers your risk of urinary incontinence. People with a high body mass index are more likely to leak urine.
Firming up the muscles of your pelvic floor helps to maintain bladder control. Be sure to use the right form when performing these exercises. Many people do something like a Kegel, but in a way that provides little benefit.
Talk to our professionals if you’re suffering from urinary incontinence or want to brush up on your technique.
Few people enjoy speaking with medical professionals about bladder and urinary tract problems. Making the right lifestyle changes may reduce the need for these discussions.
When you do need care, we’re standing by at Southeast Urogyn in Madison and Flowood, Mississippi. Call us at our nearest location to schedule an appointment today.