Bladder training is an important form of behavior therapy that can be effective in treating urinary incontinence. The goals are to increase the amount of time between emptying your bladder and the amount of fluids your bladder can hold. It also can diminish leakage and the sense of urgency associated with the problem.
Bladder training requires following a fixed voiding schedule, whether or not you feel the urge to urinate. If you feel an urge to urinate before the assigned interval, you should use urge suppression techniques — such as relaxation and Kegel exercises.
As success is achieved, the interval is lengthened in 15- to 30-minute increments until it is possible to remain comfortable for three or four hours. This goal can be individualized to suit each woman's needs and desires.
Keeping a diary of your bladder activity is very important. This helps your health care provider determine the correct place to start the training and to monitor your progress throughout your program.
The UCSF Women's Continence Center is here to help and support you. Be sure to keep your regularly schedule visits. If you need more help, medication and other treatments are available and may be useful.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
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