Bladder training

The best treatment for urge incontinence is bladder training. Many women with this problem become over-sensitive to feelings of bladder fullness and tend to rush off to the toilet at the first sensation of needing to go. The bladder becomes accustomed to holding smaller and smaller amounts of urine and starts to send signals that it is full earlier and earlier.

Bladder training aims to stretch the bladder by gradually increasing the intervals between passing urine. When you feel the urge, tighten your pelvic floor muscles and try to wait a few more minutes before going. If you leak a little urine while you are hanging on, try wearing an absorbent pad. Don’t limit the amount you drink while you are bladder training. Bladder training requires willpower and determination. It will work if you persevere.

Getting help
If you wish to make an appointment to seek further advice and or treatment, please email Dr Harrington's secretary.