No one is born with complete bladder control. You learn this as you grow and mature. The brain trains the bladder by telling it when to empty. A pattern of frequency and urgency can be changed. You can re-train your bladder and learn good voiding (peeing) habits at any age.
Urgency - the feeling that you have to empty your bladder before it’s full.
Frequency - how often you need to empty your bladder.
It is helpful to complete a
bladder diary before you try to re-train your bladder. It helps you understand your current patterns of passing your urine.
The goal with re-training your bladder is to increase the time between visits to the toilet. For example, if you now can comfortably hold your urine for 1 hour, your goal may be to increase the time to 3 or 4 hours. The schedule below is just an example. Your nurse can help you plan a schedule that is right for you.
Current as of: April 30, 2020
Author: Women’s Health, Alberta Health Services
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