The material provided below is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the diagnosis or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. You should always seek medical advice before consuming any new medicines or supplements. AZO products referenced on this website are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease such as overactive bladder, urinary tract infections, or vaginal infections.
Maintaining Bladder Control 24 Hours a Day
- Caffeine Intake & Bladder Issues
Are you finding it hard to focus on a presentation at work because you’re counting down the minutes before you can take a quick trip to the restroom? Consider your caffeine intake. In moderation, caffeine can be a great way to jumpstart your day. But as a stimulant, it increases your heart rate, making your kidneys work extra hard to filter through the increased blood flow. This can result in more frequent visits to the bathroom. Another job of the kidneys is to balance the amount of sodium and water in the bloodstream. But because caffeine hinders the absorption of sodium and water, the kidneys can only maintain this balance (also known as homeostasis) by depleting the blood of one or the other––again increasing feelings of occasional urgency.1 And, of course, caffeine is most commonly ingested by means of a liquid beverage (coffee, tea or soda). So to help maintain bladder control, go easy on the caffeine.
- Exercises for Bladder Control
Strengthening the muscles of your pelvic floor is beneficial for women and men of any age. But it’s particularly helpful for occasional bladder issues. The best part is you can exercise these muscles wherever, whenever. You’ve probably heard about Kegels, but what are they exactly? How often should you do them? The same muscles you use to stop urine flow, or to prevent passing gas, are the muscles you want to focus on in a Kegel exercise. Contract them for a count of three, then relax them for a count of three. Repeat that ten times, once a day, until you can hold each contraction for a count of ten. As your strength improves do ten repetitions, three times daily.2 Avoid involving the muscles of your lower back or buttocks. Don’t expect immediate results, but these exercises can substantially improve some occasional bladder control issues over time.
- Pumpkin Seeds for Bladder Control
Pumpkin seeds help maintain the strength of the detrusor and sphincter muscles, improving the overall tone of the pelvic floor muscles.* Pumpkin seed extract’s composition has a working mechanism that can naturally build tissue on the pelvic floor muscles, thus increasing bladder support.3 AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less® contains a proprietary blend of pumpkin seed extract and soy germ extract that helps optimize bladder function for 24 hours a day.* Remember––you’re not alone in your concerns. And you’re not without options in helping to manage them.