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- Bladder urgency
- Frequency of urination
- Leaking urine
- Loss of bowel control
- Plan your fluid intake. To drink 6-8 cups of water, divide this amount into portions. Drink fluids in larger amounts at 3 or 4 designated times a day. You can then plan a bathroom stop about 1 to 2 hours later. Sipping fluids throughout the day is a bad idea. It encourages more frequent bathroom visits.
- Establish a schedule of urinating every 2 to 4 hours, whether you feel the need or not. This behavioral technique is called bladder training or timed voiding. You can coordinate this with your drinking schedule.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeinated drinks (coffee, soda, tea, and alcohol) in your diet. These are bladder irritants. Avoid them altogether if you are traveling or going out.
- Discuss prescription medications for frequency and urgency with your health-care provider.