November is Bladder Health Month

This month serves as a reminder to get the facts about common bladder health problems and to take an active role in your health. During November, the Urology Care Foundation will highlight a different bladder health theme and related resources.

Week 1 Theme: Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and Neurogenic Bladder
November 1-4

Week 2 Theme: Bladder Infection/Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
November 5 - 11

Week 3 Theme: Bladder Cancer
November 12 - 18

Week 4 Theme: Incontinence
November 19 - 25

Week 5 Theme: Bedwetting and Nocturia 
November 26 - 30

Key Bladder Facts

  • The bladder is a hollow, balloon-shaped organ, and is made mostly of muscle.
  • On average, the bladder holds about 2 cups of urine (about 16 ounces).
  • When the bladder is empty it looks like a deflated balloon. The shape of a bladder changes when it fills up.
  • Urine is produced in the kidneys. It flows through tubes called ureters into the bladder.
  • It's normal to go to the bathroom 4 to 8 times a day and no more than twice a night.
  • Women have shorter urethras than men. Women are more likely to get a bladder infection as bacteria from outside the body can get into the urinary system easier.
  • The bladder muscle helps you urinate by squeezing to force the urine out.

Bladder Health Tips

  • Drink plenty of water. Strive to drink 6 to 8 cups of water each day. 
  • Cut down on the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink - these may upset your bladder. Limit your intake of coffee, tea or cola as these can heighten bladder activity and lead to leakage. 
  • Women should sit to go to the toilet - they should not hover over the toilet seat.
  • Take your time when on the toilet so that your bladder can empty - if you rush, and do not empty your bladder fully, over time, you could get a bladder infection.
  • Stay away from foods that bother the bladder. Some foods can worsen incontinence. Skip foods like chocolate (also a source of caffeine), as well as spicy or acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits.
  • Keep your pelvic floor muscles strong with pelvic floor muscle training.
  • Stop smoking. It is of great value to stop smoking for your bladder health - using tobacco is a major cause of bladder cancer.

For more information on bladder health facts, read the Bladder Health Infographic:

Prostate Cancer Infographic

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Bladder Health Alliance Partners

Alliance for Aging Research
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
American Geriatrics Society - Health in Aging Foundation
American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS)
Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support (APOPS)
Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
Blue Thong Society
Caregiver Action Network
Chesapeake Urology Associates
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
Interstitial Cystitis Association
Men's Health Network
MS Focus: The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
National Association for Continence (NAFC)
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Simon Foundation for Continence
Society for Women's Health Research
Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates 
Society of Women in Urology
Spina Bifida Association
Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU)
Underactive Bladder Foundation
United Spinal Association
Urological Association of Physician Assitants (UAPA)
Women's Health Foundation
Vietnam Veterans of America