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 2 Theme: Bladder Cancer
November 11 - 17
Week 3 Theme: Incontinence, OAB and SUI
November 18 - 24
Week 4 Theme: Bedwetting and Nocturia
November 25 - 30
Key Bladder Health Resources
- Bladder Cancer Treatments Video
- Adverse Reactions to Immunotherapy Video
- Immunotherapy and Bladder Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Doctor Fact Sheet [pdf]
- Immunotherapy Symptom Assessment Tool [pdf]
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.
Social Media Day of Thanks
Who: Bladder Health Alliance Members, Foundations, Patient Advocacy Groups, General Public, any person or group with ties to National Bladder Health Awareness Month and/or interest in bladder health and research
What: Posting on social media during our designated Day of Thanks to thank doctors, researchers, Congressionals and others who support bladder health research, promote bladder health awareness and care for those with bladder health conditions.
Where: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all other social media platforms
When: Thursday, November 15, 2018
How: Post on social media using #BladdersMatter
Social Media Toolkit
- Mark your calendars! 11/15 is the #BladdersMatter Day of Thanks for Bladder Health Month!
- Who will you thank on 11/15 for the #BladdersMatter Day of Thanks?
- Thank you to doctors who treat bladder conditions and improve the lives of patients! #BladdersMatter
- Thank you to researchers who continue to find cures for bladder conditions! #BladdersMatter
- Thank you to Congressionals who help fund research to advance bladder health! #BladdersMatter
- Thank you to everyone who promotes bladder health awareness! #BladdersMatter
- Have you marked your calendar for November 15? It's the #BladdersMatter Day of Thanks in honor of Bladder Health Month!
- We are sending a big "THANK YOU" to all of those who have continued to support bladder health awareness! #BladdersMatter
- Who are you thanking today? Tell us why #BladdersMatter to you!
- Thank you to doctors, researchers and all others else who help to advance bladder health to improve the lives of patients! #BladdersMatter
Bladder Health Infographic
For more information on bladder health facts, read the Bladder Health Infographic: