Does this sound like you? Or someone you know? Ya know, that need to pee all the time?
If so, you are not alone! Approximately 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 40 have reported symptoms like this at some point in their life.
The medical term is “overactive bladder”. Technically, if you pee more than once every 2 hours, you have overactive bladder or OAB. (The average frequency is once every 3-4 hours).
There are medications a doctor can prescribe for this, but there are also many things you can do without drugs.
Here they are:
1. Stop drinking so much water!
The human body can absorb approximately 1 ounce of water every 15 minutes. If you drink faster than that, then the body cannot use it at that moment and will send it to the bladder as excess.
We do not have a storage facility for water that we don’t need yet. We have a storage facility for excess food… fat. But not for water. So, if you take a “shot” of water (about 1 ounce) every 15 minutes, you will likely have to pee less often.
2. Avoid bladder irritants
The most common irritants are:
Every one is different, so these things will affect people differently, but generally speaking, these things will cause us to pee more often.
There is a high correlation between stress/anxiety and frequent urination. Bladder function is controlled by the nervous system, therefore when the nervous system is on high, most of our organs get stimulated, bladder included.
Also included in this section is relaxing your belly.
Abdominal tension causes pelvic floor muscle tension which decreases the pelvic floor’s ability to work when you need it to work (like holding in pee against an urge). Practice relaxing your belly throughout the day. This will help relax your pelvic floor muscles and allow them to work for you when you need them!
If these lifestyle changes are not enough and you or someone you know is still struggling with this, please reach out to me! I will see if I can help or connect them with someone who can.