Women who try and hold their pee as long as possible during the day might want to take a different approach and try to get up and go.
At least that’s the latest advice from the Urology Care Foundation. The organization encourages women to take a proactive approach to urological health by listening to their bodies and getting to the bathroom when they need to.
They are also suggesting lifestyle adjustments that might promote better long-term urological health alongside overall health.
Women can be affected by a host of urological conditions, including an overactive bladder, urinary tract infections (UTIs), incontinence, interstitial cystitis, and more.
So, why get up and go? Although it may seem counter-intuitive, holding urine can actually lead to weaker bladder muscles over time. This can cause problems like incontinence and not being able to fully empty your bladder, while also leading to fear and discomfort.
The potential of leaks can create unneeded stress and reduce your quality of life, while wearing adult diapers may also lead to embarrassment or lower self-confidence.
Going to the bathroom every three or four hours (or when you have to go) to fully empty your bladder is the best way to maintain bladder strength and control.
The foundation also recommends getting up regularly to drink water. Adequate hydration can help dilute urine, so it flows easily and is less likely to cause irritation. Concentrated urine, on the other hand, is a result of dehydration that can cause irritation.
Activity and relaxation are also important components of bladder and overall health. Walking every day for 30 minutes can contribute to a healthy weight and work to prevent bladder problems, while taking some time to relax and clear your head can help reduce physical and mental stress.
A proactive approach to urological health can help you down the line. So when you have to go, go!