How to Prevent the Sudden Need To Urinate

Sudden Need To UrinateSuddenly, you have the urge to go to the bathroom because A) you just saw your car got towed and you have a meeting to go to in 5 minutes in Queens (you work in Manhattan!), B) your wife just told you she’s going to have a baby and you secretly lost your job or C) the FBI is arresting you because your last name sounds the same as one of those names on their Most Wanted List. Or it could be that you have this sudden need to urinate and you simply don’t know why. No matter, it is still very inconvenient!

A Sudden Need to Urinate aka OAB

A case of OAB (overactive bladder) occurs when some nerves directly associated with your bladder cause it to contract when it should not. OAB is common in elderly individuals but it doesn’t mean it cannot happen at any other age. Diabetes, infections and strokes may be the causes to acquire OAB symptoms in general for both male and female genders while multiple childbirth, pregnancies and menopause could result in OAB for women and prostate conditions for men.

Get Some Tests Done First

An OAB that is not given attention or treated is the prelude towards a gradual descent to a life bereft of activities because of the certain humiliation it will bring to those afflicted with it. With humiliation comes a lowered self-esteem. You cannot even go camping with your children anymore because you already have nocturia, which is what frequent night urination is called.

Have yourself tested as soon as possible because contrary to what you may have heard, OAB is not a disease, no matter how often you feel the sudden need to urinate, it is a medical condition, meaning it can be treated and it is not communicable. You can undergo a neurological testing, a cystometry, urinalysis, a urine culture test, an ultrasound or a cystoscopy. All of these will determine your exact condition and help establish what kind of treatment is most suitable for you.

Training You to Train Your Bladder and Pelvic Muscles

So how do you face up to the challenge of bladder control? Scheduled voiding is one way of “retraining” your bladder to urinate every 3 hours during the course of a day. Document what time you urinate. At night, go to bed only 4 or 5 hours after you have drank your H2O quota for the day to enable you to eliminate the liquid way and nocturia before you shut those peepers. You go to the bathroom when your bladder is full, not half full or when you think it’s full. It has to be full, really and actually.

How does “training” your pelvic muscles sound to you? Remember that your pelvic muscles squeeze as well as release your bladder so you can urinate. If you’re male, your pelvic muscles might have lost a lot of tone because at one point in your life you weighed twice more than your dog (and he was a St. Bernard), or if you’re female, your pelvic muscles have loosened up somewhat after three sets of twins (well, you wanted to best Kate Gosselin). So try Kegel Exercises.

For Men and Women — Prevent the Sudden Need To Urinate

The nice thing about these exercises is they are relatively easy to do and they can be done without anybody knowing that you’re doing them, anywhere any time. The focus of these exercises is the pelvic muscles. For the women, try to lie down and contract those muscles as if you are trying to stop yourself from urinating. You should be able to feel your pelvic muscles squeezing your urethra and anus. You are doing it wrong if you feel your stomach and buttocks tightening, that means you are exercising the wrong muscles. Try again until you don’t feel tightening in either of those areas. You should set aside 3 workouts like this daily.

Are you ready boys? Kegel Exercises are perfect for men with OAB symptoms, too. And how do the gentlemen find their right pelvic muscles? Okay, stop urinating midstream and contract your muscles. Then look at the base of your penis and observe how it has moved to your abdomen. Your testicles would have risen as well. Empty your bladder completely, bend your knees and keep them apart while you lie on your back. Go and tighten those pelvic muscles by holding the contraction for around 3 seconds. Don’t go overboard, though, do that tightening and contracting combination twice a day for several weeks and then try doing it standing or sitting up or walking.

Medical intervention should be your last resort when dealing with OAB. Women should consult your gynecologist and the men should talk with their urologist about the kind of treatment your needed medical intervention would be. For women, it might mean a pessary insertion and for men, it could be an artificial sphincter. Whatever intervention is undertaken must be thoroughly discussed with your doctor before it is started.

And not to forget, avoid drinking too many beverages with caffeine content like coffee, sodas or tea. Limit yourself to a maximum of 3 to 4 cups a day to avoid running to the bathroom every 10 minutes because of the sudden need to urinate!

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