Bladder Health Month 2016

November is Bladder Health Month

This month serves as a reminder to get the facts about common bladder health problems and to take an active role in your health. During November, the Urology Care Foundation will highlight a different bladder health theme and related resources.

Week 1 Theme: Incontinence, OAB and SUI
November 1-5

Week 2 Theme: Nocturia and Bedwetting
November 6 - 12

Week 3 Theme: Bladder Cancer
November 13 - 19

Week 4 Theme: Bladder Infection/Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
November 20 - 26

Week 5 Theme: Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and Neurogenic Bladder
November 27 - 30

Key Bladder Facts

  • It's normal to go to the bathroom 4 to 8 times a day and no more than twice a night.
  • The bladder is a hollow, balloon-shaped organ, and is made mostly of muscle.
  • When the bladder is empty it looks like a deflated balloon. The shape of a bladder changes when it fills up.
  • Urine is produced in the kidneys. It flows through tubes called ureters into the bladder.
  • The bladder muscle helps you urinate by squeezing to force the urine out.
  • Women have shorter urethras than men. Women are more likely to get a bladder infection as bacteria from outside the body can get into the urinary system easier.
  • On average, the bladder holds about 2 cups of urine (about 16 ounces).

Bladder Health Tips

  • Drink plenty of water. Strive to drink 6 to 8 cups of water each day. 
  • Cut down on the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink - these may upset your bladder. Limit your intake of coffee, tea or cola as these can heighten bladder activity and lead to leakage. 
  • Women should sit to go to the toilet - they should not hover over the toilet seat.
  • Take your time when on the toilet so that your bladder can empty - if you rush, and do not empty your bladder fully, over time, you could get a bladder infection.
  • Stay away from foods that bother the bladder. Some foods can worsen incontinence. Skip foods like chocolate (also a source of caffeine), as well as spicy or acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits.
  • Keep your pelvic floor muscles strong with pelvic floor muscle training.
  • Stop smoking. It is of great value to stop smoking for your bladder health - using tobacco is a major cause of bladder cancer.

For more information on bladder health facts, read the Bladder Health Infographic:

Prostate Cancer Infographic

 
 

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