It’s a nightmare for those with a weak or leaking bladder: You’re out and about and the urge to pee strikes. There are no facilities available and you’re just going to have to wait… But how will you survive?
If you have a weak bladder or a leaking bladder, you’re probably already familiar with the frequent urge to urinate. All too familiar, in fact. There are times, however, when you simply must wait. While it can be difficult, there are some techniques you can use to stretch the amount of time you can wait before visiting the ladies room.
It’s important to remember, of course, that holding your urine too often can cause a build up of bacteria in your urinary tract and lead to possible infection. This usually isn’t a problem for women with weak bladders or leaking bladders — we’re constantly going to the bathroom! But still, remember these tips are intended to help you get through a bad moment when no bathroom is available.
According to a video on WikiHow, you can extend your wait time using these tricks:
- Think about sex – Fantasizing about sex preoccupies your brain. Have that go-to scenario ready and when the urge to pee strikes, start thinking about that ultimate encounter!
- Scratch or rub the back of your calf - Australian researchers found that doing this vigorously may interrupt the message from your bladder to your brain that you need to go.
- Squeeze your butt – Focus your attention on your rear end. Squeeze it as tightly as you can for 5 seconds. Repeat this exercise five times. As a bonus, this activity will give you a firmer tush!
- Cross your legs and bend forward slightly – This trick works especially well if you feel a cough, sneeze, or laugh coming on. Researchers found that this prevented leakage in 73 percent of women.
These tips can help you in an emergency, but there are lots of ways you can combat bladder weakness and control a leaking bladder. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any incontinence issues, but in the mean time, you can find some great help in Vibrant Nation’s Special Report, 5 keys to manage a leaking bladder or overactive bladder for women over 50.