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  • I would be careful if trying to avoid trips to the toilet for to long as this may lead to a kidnay infection or another problem with the related workings (urinary tract and so on). Regular exercise and making sure you are taking enough fluids but during exercise the feeling of having to rush to the toilet should be reduced anyway. The temperature of the enviroment can play a part, colder weather will make you want to rush to the toilet more often
  • No, there isn't, and you shouldn't try. The last comment was on the mark, certainly. Now, you can practice kegel exercises (men and women can do this) to strengthen the perineal muscles so incontinence doesn't become an issue as you age, but don't try to hold more or bladder infection can occur, and as was mention other related infections. They aren't nice, so don't court them! :)
  • Keigel exercised will work to streghthen the bladder, however, like the others answers, practice should be minimized to prevent infections. The exercises can be useful, however, to help prevent leakage if you have urge incontinence. To help reduce trips to the bathroom, you could also avoid certain foods that are diuretics (high sodium content increases urination frequency). Caffeine is not only a diuretic, it can also be an irritant to the lining of the bladder, making you feel the urge even though the bladder is not full. Foods and beverages that are high in sugars can also increase the frequency. Artificial sweeteners can also be irritants to the bladder. If you look over the following list and find that you consume a large amount of these items, try eliminating them one at a time from your diet. Some people can tolerate a few of the foods, but not in some combinations, or only in small amounts Some common foods and beverages to avoid; Coffee, tea (caffeine) soda pop (regular AND diet)--caffeine, sugar, sodium sports drinks -- some are really high in sugars ("fructose", and "sucrose" are just different forms of sugar) highly acidic foods (citrus foods, tomatoes, vinegar) -- can be especially bothersome when combined with "lactose," the sugar that naturally occurs in milk) heavily salted foods & adding salt to your foods foods high in water content --- grapes, celery, watermelon.... If the frequency of urination continues, and is having a negative impact on your life or significantly interfering with your daily activities, a urologist may be able to prescribe treatment or medications. Speaking from experience, "relief" has a whole new meaning!
  • There are some very good answers on this question. Here is a little information and perhaps some things to look at. Don't stop drinking plenty of fluids. It is important to keep flushing your system. I think that I know what you could be referring to, i.e. you find that you need to go more frequently than justified by the quantity of fluids which you drink. Something which could help to better justify or balance the system is an overall health program with some attention to those things which help to cleanse the urinary track and kidneys. You might want to read some of my other posts to get more information and also read some other posts about the gall bladder holding more. (search "bladder") Also, who knows?...perhaps toxins already in the body or toxins currently being absorbed by the body influence this...or perhaps parasites. Most people have parasites. Different people have different things going on with the body. You may need to experiment to see what works well for you. Also, the liver might be having a tough time. A good number of people have reported that they had suffered from very frequent urination as a result of using Teflon coated pans. The symptoms stopped or decreased when they threw out the cookware. Teflon, of course, is toxic and its chemical residues are now found in the systems of most Americans. Teflon is made by Dupont, who owns shares in many, many companies including some big pharmaceutical outfits and huge (quarter of a billion dollars for one) informational services for the medical community. [e.g. DuPont will underwrite six million months of subscriptions for WebMD doctors; DuPont-Merck Pharmaceutical Company, etc.] Dupont had a much less toxic formulation for Teflon in 1996, but chose not to use it. According to their own memos 20 years ago, they knew that their dumping of toxins were poisoning a nearby town, but they actually way more than doubled the dumping over the next decade. The attitude portrayed in the memos was that they had already incurred the liability, so it is of no real consequence to stop the dumping. Anyway, Dupont's information and pharmaceutical drugs provided directly and indirectly to the medical community may offer "solutions" to frequent urination. I personally wouldn't want to go in that direction for answers.... It is funny to note that here we have another chemical company producing the toxins which lead to ailments, but they offer their manufactured medical information and drugs throughout the health field which offer "answers" to the ailments. Toxins accumulate in the body. Click on my name or do a search to find out more about this. Of course, toxins are not healthy for a body, and any scientist or person with common sense will tell you that chemicals not made for the body are unhealthy for the body. This easily can affect the body's natural system. It also can affect a person's general disposition and personality because of the "drug" affects altering the body's system. This is a cool report and you can click on a person's picture to find out how an average person or a high profile professional has been accumulating some chemicals...there are more than what was found. "In a study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group and Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers, with a total of 167 chemicals found in the group. Like most of us, the people tested do not work with chemicals on the job and do not live near an industrial facility. Scientists refer to this contamination as a person’s body burden. Of the 167 chemicals found, 76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development. The dangers of exposure to these chemicals in combination has never been studied." http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden/es.php
  • There is a "bladder retraining exercise" that a specialist put me on as my bladder is the size of a small childs. Basically you are on a timetable and attempt to use the restroom every 15 minutes (except when sleeping) whether you feel like you need to go or not. Do this for 2 weeks or until you feel that you are making progress towards holding your urine. Once you can wait 15 minutes, increase the time limit by 5 minutes every two weeks to a month. Do not exceed 30 minutes since as stated before, this can lead to more problems. Ask your ob/gyn for more information on bladder control techniques, there are several medications that will help depending on if you suffer from stress or urge incontinence. Tofranil and Sanctura are two medicines that come to mind right away. For more information you can check out webmd.com and do a search on incontinence. Whatever you decide to do, don't wait to seek medical advice/help as the situation can and often does only get worse with time.
  • The exercises are good for any age group. Cranberry juice in concentrate - capsule form works wonders for men and women.
  • Men with prostate enlargement often want to increase their bladder capacity after it has been diminished by prostate pressure. Bad idea, not just for the reasons other writers have mentioned, but because it weakens the bladder walls and streaks of scar tissue "stretch marks" are formed.

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