It sounds like you are suffering from urinary urgency.
Hi Ladies, do you ever put the keys in the door at home only to find that all of sudden you are busting for the toilet? Or maybe you find that this overwhelming need to go to the bathroom can come on at random and often inconvenient times throughout the day.
If so, you may have a condition called urinary urgency.
The muscle around the outside of your bladder should relax and allow your bladder to fill and expand outwards like a balloon, until you are ready to go to the bathroom.
Urinary urgency occurs when this muscle around the outside of your bladder begins to contract and squeeze your bladder at inappropriate times – giving you a sudden and overwhelming need to go to the bathroom. If you are unable to get to the bathroom in time, then this can result in urinary incontinence.
If you suffer from urgency, you may feel anxious about being out in public in case you need to get to the bathroom quickly.
If you can relate to this, then send us a message and we will forward you a free handout on strategies to help calm your bladder during a moment of urgency.
Right now I’m going to give you some strategies to help calm your bladder during a moment of urgency.
Firstly, don’t rush! Running to the bathroom puts extra pressure on the bladder which will only make the urgency worse
Secondly, try curling your toes in your shoes or rising up and down on your toes. These actions stimulate nerves that also supply the bladder. Studies have shown that by activating these nerves through toe curls and calf raises, you can often calm your bladder and stop it from squeezing down on itself.
Lastly, try distracting your brain from the sensation. Count backward from 100 by 7.
If you would like to learn more strategies and how they work, then send us a message and we will forward you a free handout.
Urinary urgency can occur for many reasons. At SquareOne Women’s Health, we are trained in assessing bladder dysfunction and can help you identify the exact causes of your urgency.
If you would like further assistance in overcoming your urgency, come in and see one of your Women’s Health physios.