Improving Urinary Urgency, Frequency and Urge Incontinence
Manage your Fluid Intake
There is no scientific evidence that states we need eight 8 oz. glasses (64 oz.) of fluid every day. Remember, what goes in must come out. Many women, unless you exercise heavily or work in hot conditions can drink less than 64 oz. per day. In 2004, the Institutes of Medicine reported that most people meet their daily hydration needs by letting their thirst be their guide. You must also remember that we get additional fluids from our diets in the form of soups, stews, fruits, etc. It has been shown that we get as much as 20% of our daily fluids from our diet.
If you are used to drinking large amounts of fluids every day and you are bothered by how frequently you need to go to the bathroom, these suggestions may help you:
Try spreading out fluids during the day instead of drinking large amounts at a one time. This is especially important before leaving the house. If you get up to void more than 2 times per night, you should limit your drinking after dinner.
Avoid Fluids That Can be Bladder Irritants
Some chemicals in our beverages can behave as diuretics and bladder irritants. If you are sensitive to these chemicals, they may cause you to make large amounts of urine or may aggravate bladder spasms resulting in a more frequent need to urinate. Some common bladder irritants include: