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Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy

Watch Dr. Hilary Frank’s Top 5 Healthy Bladder Tips here!

Just like other body organs, our bladders need a little TLC to stay healthy. Use these tips to keep the flow going the way it should. And when things don’t feel quite right, know that our team is here to help.

Note: Remember that these tips are general advice and may not be suitable for everyone. Always consult our team for personalized recommendations based on your specific circumstances.

Take Regular Bathroom Breaks

Try to go to the bathroom at least once every 3 to 4 hours. “Holding it” for too long may lead to bladder irritations or a urinary tract infection. No bueno.

Take Time to Fully Empty Your Bladder

There aren’t enough minutes in the day, true. But rushing it when you go to the bathroom may not allow you to fully empty the bladder. Take your time.

Wipe Front to Back

Try to wipe yourself front to back. This helps keep sneaky gut bacteria from getting into your urethra, which is where you pee. This step is most important after a poop.

Wear Cotton Underwear, Avoid Tight Clothing

In the age of body-hugging clothing, keep in mind that wearing loose, cotton frocks helps to keep the area around the urethra dry (free of sweat, etc). Tight-fitting pants and nylon underwear are a recipe for disaster, helping bacteria grow. Consider not wearing pajama bottoms to bed to give your bladder some extra breathing room while you sleep.

Exercise or Move Regularly

As if we didn’t need another reason to exercise, staying active can help prevent bladder problems as well as constipation. It can also help maintain a healthy weight, which is bladder-positive.

Stay Hydrated

Drink an adequate amount of water each day. This helps flush out toxins and bacteria from your urinary tract.

Limit Caffeine and Alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol are bladder irritants, causing you to pee more often. Try to limit your intake, especially in the evening.

Avoid Product Irritants

Some products, like scented soaps, laundry detergents — even certain types of contraception, can irritate the bladder. Choose fragrance-free, hypoallergenic alternatives.

Know Medication Side Effects

Some medications may make it more likely for your bladder to leak urine. Or, medications that calm your nerves so you can sleep or relax may dull the nerves in the bladder, and you may not feel the urge to go to the bathroom. Talk with your healthcare provider to stay informed.

When In Doubt, Consult Our Team

If you’re experiencing persistent bladder problems or a urinary tract infection, or have concerns about your bladder health, seek advice from one of our bladder specialists. They can provide personalized recommendations and treatments.