Okay ladies, every time I teach a seminar on bladder health this topic brings up a lot of dirty looks! Normal urinary frequency, believe it or not, is every 3-4 hours!! Assuming you are drinking enough water (32-48 oz/day) and that your kidney function is good, your bladder should fill at a fairly regular rate. Once it achieves a certain level of fullness, it will tell you so with a small urge. After this first urge, you should be able to hold for 1-2 more hours! Yes, you heard me right: 1-2 hours, without leaking or feeling pain! “Urinary Frequency” is a very common problem, especially among mothers and grandmothers, but it is not limited to those who have born children. These frequent urges are often a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction, and can usually be addressed and resolved with some focused therapy from a qualified pelvic PT.
If you are among the throng who knows where every restroom stop and Starbucks is on the I-5 freeway from Chula Vista to Los Angeles, then it might be time to see a pelvic floor therapist. If you are one of those moms who picks the bench near the ladies room at the park, or limits your walks to 40 minutes because you are terrified you might leak, it’s time to see a pelvic floor therapist. If you are just darn tired of having to get up in the middle of a movie to run to the loo, IT’S TIME TO SEE A PELVIC FLOOR THERAPIST!
Come see me – we’ll get you holding like a champ in no time!