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Bladder training involves training, or retraining of the bladder to hold more urine for longer periods of time and restoring its normal function.
The Bladder Training Technique
With the guidance of a healthcare professional you will probably be asked to keep a bladder diary, here you will record every time you have the urge to pass urine, and if you leak urine. There are also some handy Bladder Diary Apps for your phone that you might also find useful - they might be more discreet than recording the information on paper.
Schedule Your Toilet Visits
The idea is to gradually increase the amount of time between toilet breaks. Work out how often you go to the loo, and then add 15 minutes. For instance if you go to the toilet every 70 minutes - add 15 minutes and stretch the time each time. Determine how often you're going to the bathroom based on your diary entries.
Use the toilet at each scheduled visit, whether or not you feel the need to go.
When you feel the urge to go, hold it for another five minutes or so. Then gradually increase the amount of time by 10 minutes, until you can last for at least three to four hours without having to go to the toilet. If you're feeling a strong need to go, try distracting yourself by curling your toes or relaxation techniques such as deep breathing. When you just can't hold it any longer, go to the toilet. Revert back to your next scheduled void/toilet time to stay on your bladder retraining schedule.
Bladder training is an important part of behaviour therapy and highly effective in treating urinary incontinence.