Y'all. Did you know that the bladder can be behaviorally trained? It's true. But this can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Hear me out. A normal voiding internal is every 2-4 hours. That translates to peeing between 6-8x/day, depending on your fluid intake. Typically, as the bladder fills with urine, receptors inside the bladder lining sense this stretch and thus, we get the urge to go.
When we go "just-in-case" like before leaving the house - a habit many of us are taught as children - we start sending our bladder mixed signals. We are now training the bladder that it needs to empty even when it's not full. Overtime, less and less urine will cause the bladder to respond with an urge to go to the bathroom. This can lead to an increase in urinary frequency (aka feeling like you have to pee all of the time) and incomplete bladder emptying.
So today's tip is to train your bladder with healthy habits. And limit the amount of times you go “just-in-case.” If this resonates with you and is something you are already struggling with, let’s chat!