Bladder training is used to treat urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Urge incontinence is when the need to urinate comes on so fast that you cannot get to a toilet in time. Stress incontinence is when you leak urine because of pressure on your bladder, such as when you laugh, cough, or lift something heavy.
Bladder training can increase how long you can wait before having to urinate. It can also help your bladder hold more urine and give you better control over the urge to urinate.
It is important to remember that bladder training takes from a few weeks to a few months to make a difference. You may not see results right away, but do not give up.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Work with your doctor to come up with a bladder training program that is right for you. You may use one or more of the following methods.
These tighten and strengthen pelvic muscles, which can help you control the flow of urine. To do Kegel exercises:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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