It’s not just a ‘senior’ thing—in fact, millions of women in the US experience occasional bladder leakage and/or urgency.1 Supporting bladder health is something that everyone can do. If you experience occasional feelings of urgency, remember that you’re not alone. Read further to learn about factors that may affect bladder health and try these five tips to help reduce these occasional symptoms.
1. LOOK AT WHAT YOU EAT & DRINK
Your diet can play a major role in bladder health. Caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, spicy food and carbonated beverages can all increase occasional frequent feelings of urgency.2 Monitor your intake, and try eliminating each of these foods from your diet for a few days to see if you experience a reduction in symptoms. Also, you’ve heard the conventional wisdom: “Every adult should drink eight glasses of water a day.” The number of glasses actually matters less than the need to stay well hydrated, which is different for everyone—so follow your thirst rather than the math.2,3
2. EXERCISE REGULARLY
The benefits of regular exercise are seemingly endless, and while helping reduce feelings of occasional urinary urgency and/or bladder leakage isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when deciding to get back to the gym, it’s definitely on the list. A healthy exercise regimen will help you control your weight, reducing unnecessary pressure on your bladder.2 A healthy diet combined with regular exercise is key to longer-lasting and more systemic results.
Kegels, or exercises designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, can target bladder control problems directly. With regular efforts contracting and relaxing the muscles you use to voluntarily control the flow of urine, you strengthen the pelvic floor, ensuring a greater control of when and how badly you need to go. Kegels are great, because not only do they help to strengthen your pelvic muscles, they’re also easy to do anywhere. Just find that muscle that controls the flow of urine, tighten it for a five-second hold and release. Repeat four or five times and you’re done!3
4. TALK TO YOUR PHARMACIST
Some medications can increase feelings of occasional urgency.2 If you take any medications, ask your pharmacist if they can have an effect on occasional frequent urinary urgency and/or bladder leakage. They may recommend a different brand, or simply offer additional information to help you make informed decisions about when to take your medication. It can be especially helpful to keep a journal of what medications you take, what you eat and drink and track any symptoms of urgency that may arise to help find what affects your body the most.
5. ADD A SUPPLEMENT TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management is a terrific supplement to help with occasional bladder leakage and/or urgency.* With naturally-sourced pumpkin seed and soy germ extracts, AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management helps to support the muscles of your pelvic floor and reduce the occasional urge around the clock. Clinically studied Synetrim® CQ in AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management also supports your serotonin balance to help promote metabolic health to support healthy weight management.*
OWN YOUR HEALTH
As a modern woman, you shouldn’t be ruled by the calendar or the clock. Occasional bladder leakage and/or urgency is common to many women as they age. But there are a number of resources available to help you take control of bladder health. Give yourself every advantage, at every stage in your life.
1 Omnibus Bladder Consumer Study commissioned by i-Health, Inc. the distributor of AZO Bladder Control®