Is Bladder Training Really Beneficial?

Some people with urinary frequency and overactive bladder might benefit from bladder training which is to teach your body to respond more appropriately to bladder signals.

Some people get in the habit of emptying their bladder before it’s full which can cause your body to start sending out premature alerts to urinate before you really need to do, so bladder training eliminates these malfunctioning signals by encouraging people to urinate on a schedule essentially retraining the body to cut down on urinary frequency.

Your doctor may recommend bladder training alone or in combination with other therapies.

One study found the women ages 55 and older who engaged in bladder training for six weeks reduced urine leakage by half when compared with women who didn’t do bladder training.

If you are interested in giving it a try start by charting how often you are urinating and slowly try to increase those intervals in 15 minute increments over time documenting your efforts in a journal can help you see if you are making progress.