Healthy Bladder Habits

*Avoid tobacco- STOP SMOKING if you do

*Avoid constipation

*Maintain a healthy body weight, lose weight if obese

*Keep intake of bladder irritants to a minimum: carbonated beverages, caffeine, artificial sweeteners (such as diet sodas), spicy foods, citrus fruit and juice, and alcohol

*Drink when thirsty and make some of what you drink water. It is not necessary to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, but neither is it advisable to drastically fluid restrict.

*Do not hold your urine for extended periods during the day. Urinate on a regular basis.

*To avoid waking at night to urinate, do not drink just before going to sleep. Urinate before going to bed.

*Focus on relaxing the pelvic floor muscles during urination rather than trying to squeeze urine out. This may be best accomplished by sitting fully on the toilet seat and having your feet flat on the floor when you urinate. Don’t try to rush the process.

*Wipe “front to back”

*If you have diabetes, follow your doctor’s recommendations for diet, exercise and medication

Healthy Pelvic Habits

*Follow healthy bladder habits

*Avoid soap on or in the vagina, and be cautious about the use of scented bath products,  toilet paper, sanitary pads, tampons

*Wear cotton underwear rather than nylon

*Urinate after intercourse to flush the bladder

*Educate yourself about your pelvic anatomy, especially your pelvic muscles. Learn how to isolate and contract these muscles to maintain their strength. Knowledge and control of these muscles will help maintain good urinary control and sexual function.

*Do not have unprotected sex (use a condom to avoid sexually transmitted diseases such as genital warts, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV and many other infections)

*Be aware that genital piercings can introduce serious bacterial or fungal infections to the genitalia.

Medications that Affect Bladder Control

Blood pressure medications
Sudafed and other pseudoephedrine and ephedrine containing medications such as over the counter cold meds
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

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