Bladder Wellness: Simple Steps for a Healthier You

Discover practical ways to manage and treat an overactive bladder.

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The Importance of Bladder Health

A healthy bladder is something many people take for granted, but if you experience issues like leaking or frequent urges to go, it can disrupt your life. Managing bladder health can help you stay active and avoid unpleasant daily interruptions.

Recognizing Bladder Health Risks

Bladder issues can affect anyone, but certain factors can increase your risk. Age, weight, pregnancy, and certain health conditions like diabetes can play a role. Lifestyle habits like smoking and caffeine intake can also make things worse. Understanding the symptoms and common triggers of an overactive bladder is essential for early detection and proactive management.

Indicators to look out for

Be on the lookout for signs like needing to pee more often, sudden urges to go, or leaks. Pain or discomfort when you urinate, trouble emptying your bladder, or waking up a lot at night to urinate are also signs to watch for. If you notice any of these, it’s essential to talk to your doctor.

Here Are Some Tips To Help You Maintain An Active Lifestyle While Managing Your Bladder:

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but limit fluid intake before bedtime to avoid nighttime trips to the bathroom.
  • Exercise: Pelvic floor exercises like Kegels can strengthen your muscles and improve bladder control.
  • Watch what you eat: Some foods and drinks, such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods, can irritate your bladder. Consider reducing your intake of these items to minimize symptoms.

Talk with Your Doctor

If you experience bladder issues, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor. Open communication with your doctor about bladder management is key to maintaining your health and well-being. By discussing your concerns and goals, you and your provider can work together to work towards better bladder health and a better quality of life.

For help finding a doctor, contact Member Advocates at 800-515-2220 weekdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., closed Sunday. TTY users call 711.

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