Cross Your Legs! Don't Feel the Rush to the Bathroom!

Relative Positions of  Our Pelvic Organs
The bladder begins it's life high in the pelvis. If the bladder wall weakens if the nerves get a bit warn, if you pressure your bladder with too much fluid or too many dietary irritants you can have problems with that rush to the bathroom known as Overactive Bladder. Overactive Bladder or (OAB) can be associated with stress incontinence, which is defined as leaking urine when you cough or strain. If you do have both it is defined as mixed incontinence. Defining what is too many trips to the bathroom is somewhat arbitrary, we all pee a lot, what's too much? Over 8 times per day. You really should be able to hold your urine for at least two hours, even in midday after a normal meal. And having sudden, strong desires to urinate, that you cannot control, or even after you think you just emptied your bladder. This extremely strong urge that you cannot control is not a normal state. Not everyone has incontinence with OAB, although with or without incontinence can be very frustrating. Your bladder can be overactive with or without leaking. If it occurs with uncontrollable urge then that is termed urge incontinence. Well, crossing your legs might help, but not really so effective, and well, awkward. So there are better solutions, solutions that are dietary (like less caffeine), behavioral and medical. See your gyno to check your urine for infection and to check your anatomy, look into the medications you might be on that are aggravating the problem, and make sure you don't have any new medical conditions such as diabetes. These are all potentially resolvable issues that can make that rush to the bathroom quit a bit less often and a lot more more manageable.


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