No one is born with complete bladder control. Your brain trains your bladder by telling it when to empty. You can re-train your bladder and learn good voiding (peeing) habits at any age.
Your voiding patterns of frequency and urgency can be changed.
It is helpful to complete a bladder diary before you try to re-train your bladder to control frequency. It helps you understand your current voiding patterns.
The goal with re-training your bladder to control frequency is to increase the time between visits to the toilet. For example, if you can comfortably hold your urine for 1 hour, your goal may be to increase that time to 3 or 4 hours. You can re-train your bladder to do this by following a schedule like the example below. Your healthcare provider can help you plan a schedule that is right for you.
Current as of: May 17, 2023
Author: Women’s Health, Alberta Health Services
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